Justice Through the Arts

The arts are a powerful means by which to raise awareness and advocate for social justice, human rights and eco-justice. That's why the Edmund Rice Centre has developed the Justice Through the Arts program. Justice Through the Arts works to link schools and community groups with human rights campaigners and people in the arts community (including authors, musicians, film makers, photographers and artists) to discuss how we can use the arts to build capacity for social change. 

As part of this program we have run Justice Literary Festivals in 2008, 2009 and 2018 and a Justice Literary Event in 2016. 

Below are resources from our most recent event, the 2018 Justice Literary Festival:

Indigenous Literacy Foundation's The Great Book Swap

This Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 5 September, hold a Great Book Swap and help raise funds for literacy in remote Indigenous communities.

Sign up for the Great Book Swap by 30 April and your school goes in the draw to win a school visit from ILF ambassador such as award winning actress, Justine Clarke or NITV presenter Natalie Ahmat.

What is a Great Book Swap? It is a literacy fundraiser, where students bring in a book and make a gold coin donation to swap it with another student.

Why hold a Great Book Swap? It will promote social justice within your school and raise funds to buy books for children in remote Indigenous communities. It is an opportunity for students learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture as well as learn valuable leadership skills and experience a sense of agency in contributing to something bigger. It’s also a lot of fun reminds your own students why they love books and reading.

How do you register? Register at www.greatbookswap.org.au and receive a resource kit in the post as well as an online fundraising event page to share.

The Trading Circle

The Trading Circle is a not-for-profit, Fair Trade retailer that exists to empower women in developing countries by providing them with skills based training and a marketplace for their unique artisan products so that they can raise themselves out of poverty with dignity and respect.

The Trading Circle works with women in the Asia Pacific region.

The Trading Circle operates a store in Sydney and provides a constructive and self-sustaining response to global poverty.

The Trading Circle is a registered charity and is part of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand which works to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage for women and girls.

Head Office:
0427 792 121
[email protected]


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