What are the SDGs?Sustainable Development Goals
In January 2016 the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were realised. These 17 ‘Global Goals’, together with 169 varying targets, provides a common framework for all sectors of society to work within to achieve a world without extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
In 2016 the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were realised. These 17 ‘Global Goals’, together with 169 varying targets, provides a common framework for all sectors of society to work within to achieve a world without extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
This also relates to Australia and fighting major issues that adjunct our society in slowing movement forward towards equality.
At the heart of implementing the goals is the premise that cross-sector collaboration is essential for success – not just by civil society and governments, but the full range of stakeholders, including communities, businesses and individuals. No one sector or organisation alone can achieve the scale of change needed but as communities, our output can lead the way for government decisions.
The Equanimity Project meets over 70% of the Sustainable Development Goals as defined by the United Nations. Each goal, short or long term, has a positive effect on Australian society.
1. End poverty in all its forms
Poverty is not just the image of the starving child out on the street. Working poverty affects many of the people you see – the workers who still cannot make ends meet. Between 2019 and 2020, an additional 8 million workers were pushed into poverty, unable to afford rent, food, and take care of themselves.
While we focus on reducing poverty by upskilling our clients, helping them back into the workforce, this does not always guarantee an end to poverty.
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Part of our mission in helping women become financially independent is making sure they can look after themselves & their health.
Together we work together to build healthy eating habits through specialist nutrition advice, and assist these women in attaining food security.
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Finding equanimtiy is the practice of finding peace in difficult circumstances. A healthy life requires balance in every aspect, and we work towards achieving that together.
Maintaining good physical well-being improves mental well-being. Good mental well-being allows for balance between the social, personal, work and other areas of life.
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
For our older clients, many think they their time of learning is over. This is not the case. We offer training, chances to upskill in their field of work, and ensure financial literacy.
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Gender equality is the core of our mission at The Equanimity Project.
Whether it be in the workforce, in educational institutions, the rental market, or even in their own relationships – women are statistically subordinate to men. A ridiculous statistic given all that women contribute to society.
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
We make sure valuable women with extraordinary skill, and expertise in various fields are not overlooked.
Many of our clients are immigrants with exceptional qualifications from their home country, who are unable to find work in Australia. Lawyers, doctors, midwives – workers that are essential to our society, who are being neglected for their multicultural status. We help them find the connections, the bridging courses, to ensure the workforce is enriched by their involvement.
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Partnering with construction companies, builders, developers brings us closer to successfully integrating ESSENTIAL housing. Not social or public housing, which is government run & currently hosts over 100,000 people on waitlists.
Essential housing is the bridge between emergency & long term shelter for those in need.
We also partnered with Women in Construction at the Sydney Build Expo 2022, to foster female involvement in the industry.
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Most of our clients, volunteers, and placement workers emigrated from countries such as Nepal, Saudi Arabia, Argentina – some of which were in escape of the dangerous situations emerging in their home country.
By giving them a home, support, or a chance to gain work experience in a safe environment, we aim to reduce the inequality they face as international citizens and students.
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Our whole mission is to ensure adequate, safe and affordable housing is available to all our clients.
We do this by lobbying councils, building essential housing, and helping our clients regain financial independence and re-enter the rental or homeowners market.
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
We work with a number of organisations to reduce waste and promote ethical consumption, which extends beyond materials products and towards a climate-positive, socially conscious enterprise.
Our range of toys & homewares are sourced from a group called ‘With Love & Cuddles’ who employ survivors of human trafficking to handcraft beautiful items. Unfortunately, the group was struggling to manage the project, so we stepped in to help. We now sell a significant portion of these products to ensure they are not wasted, and enforce responsible consumption.
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
As a non-governmental organisation, we do not receive any government funding & critique the Australian government’s current responses to domestic violence & homelessness.
To successfully protect women, not only the housing system needs to change, but the justice system. Currently, cases of domestic abuse are dismissed without proper investigation and victim-survivors are forced to relive their trauma – if they can even access the Courts at all.
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
Domestic violence & homelessness are global issues. This means that working across countries is vital to eradicating violence against women worldwide.
While we do not work directly with organisations or clients overseas, we attempt to incorporate practices seen in other nations that have proven to be successful.