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 2023 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.

Asbestos workshop 28-29 March 2017 Vientiane
Until relatively recently, asbestos was an unknown and difficult to publicly discuss issue in Laos. It is now getting high level attention.
International Women’s Day is fast approaching, which means that here at Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, we’re thinking and talking a lot about gender equality.
In November 2016, the Karen Women’s Organisation released their first ‘Situation Update’, an in-depth report on recent events and the effect on women, refugees and communities living on the Thai-Myanmar border, inside Karen State and also in greater Myanmar.
Kim Sok supporters stage a rally against a defamation case filed by PM Hun Sen after the political commentator blamed the government for the murder of political analyst, Kem Ley, last year. Photo: AP
Democratic space in Cambodia has shrunk further with the passing of controversial changes to Cambodia’s Law on Political Parties on 15 February. The Cambodian National Assembly has approved legislation prohibiting those convicted of crimes from leading political parties, and allows
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Our Government is writing a Foreign Policy “White Paper” that will guide the way Australia engages with the rest of the world. It’s critical that the Government listens to all Australians - not just experts - about the kind of
The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA have called for the Australian government to use its international influence to push for an immediate end to the crisis and for

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