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Solidarity in Action:
Our Projects

Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, as the global justice organisation of the Australian union movement, works to support stronger union and social movements in thirteen locations in Southeast Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East, and Southern Africa. We do that by working in partnership with thirty-nine local unions and community organisations through thirty projects and campaigns.

Our approach to development and movement-building work is centred in values of partnership, solidarity, equality, justice, and accountability.

We provide on-the-ground assistance which aims to address the causes of injustice and inequality, not the symptoms.

We support organised movements of people to make their own change possible, by exerting political pressure for just and sustainable solutions.

We recognise our solidarity with the working classes and marginalised people of the Global South and stand with them, as together we struggle for a better world.

We seek to deploy funds in effective and strategic ways, with accountability to partner organisations, funding bodies and our own members.

Here are some of the projects and campaigns we undertake in collaboration with communities in our region and beyond:

By working to support strong movements of people, we can fight inequality and corporate greed. History shows us we can demand a just world.

Kate Lee

Executive Officer, Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA

To learn more about how we put our solidarity into action, take a look at the 2019 Annual Report, where you can read about our partnerships and projects, the activism and advocacy of our members, and the progress of our campaign to ban asbestos across Asia.

In July 2021, rioting in South Africa, particularly around Durban and Johannesburg, shows the desperation of millions of people as the climate and COVID crises cause unrest.
In Cambodia, Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA is working in partnership with unions to advance women worker’s rights.
In Palestine, women have long played a role in the agriculture sector. This video explores the hidden roles of women in agriculture in Palestine.
In May, voters in Vietnam went to the polls. APHEDA has been supporting women candidates to increase the representation of women at all levels of government.
Despite serious setbacks in 2021, the Working Women's Centre of Timor Leste continue to campaign for and win rights for Domestic Workers.
In June 2021, a petition supporting a WTO Vaccine Waiver was handed over outside the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Sydney.
Nearly two months after the devastating Easter Sunday floods, Timor Leste is rebuilding while trying to control the spread of COVID-19.
On 21 May 2021, APHEDA joined young people across Australia to demand real and immediate action to avoid catastrophic global heating.
As people in Myanmar continue to deal with the fallout of the military coup, the situation on the Thai-Myanmar border continues to deteriorate.

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