Herbalists Without Borders Victoria Incorporated - Constitution 2021
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The following text includes statements for the HWB-Victoria CHARITABLE PURPOSE - (Draft) = requires editing (pre lodge). Send comments to admin@hwbvictoria / will be addressed as an agenda item (2021)
- Herbalists Without Borders International global movement
HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA is part of the global movement of Herbalists Without Borders International. The worldwide movement of Herbalists Without Borders International - including HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA - is a non-denominational, non-partisan movement, independent of all governments, political parties and religious institutions.
- HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA’s structure
HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA is a democratic organisation comprising members and supporters who work to achieve the objects set out below.
The organisation is established to be a charity with the principal purpose of enacting the Herbalists Without Borders vision for Health Justice; with the purpose of advancing health, education, social and public welfare and culture, protecting and enhancing the natural environment and promoting human rights.
In addition to the global vision of Herbalists Without Borders International, HWB Victoria promotes reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance between groups of individuals that are in Australia.
Herbalists Without Borders Victoria will be registered with Herbalists Without Borders International and must meet all requirements for club endorsement set by Herbalists Without Borders International as established in the HWB global Constitution or Policy.
- HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA's values and objectives
- HWB believes that health and wellness are human rights, not privileges
- HWB recognises many global citizens lack access to primary health and wellness due to economic hardship and other barriers
- HWB promotes health justice and oppression free local and global wellness practices
- HWB engages in volunteer efforts focused primarily on natural and botanical health and wellness solutions via education, prevention, empowerment, grassroots advocacy and organising
- HWB builds a renewed consciousness about conditions created by dominant social and economic institutions that impact all human beings; emphasizing the roles of traditional herbalists and healers who live and work within those systems often experiencing social stigma, pressure, devalued status and sub-standard wages for vital services they provide
- HWB believes that poverty is inherently violent in nature and health services must be accessible and affordable
- HWB embraces non-violence, social justice, health and wellness as means to transform cultural and global trauma and violence
- HWB creates and promotes inter-cultural herbal health education, herbal borderless medicine exchanges and actions via local to global chapters
- HWB promotes the protection and preservation of indigenous herbs and healers, including intellectual property rights that honour and respect the wisdom of both traditional plants and healers globally; regenerating valuable traditional healing wisdom and practices that have been negated, oppressed, misused or extinguished
- HWB educates the public about growing and eating of traditional local healthful natural foods and herbs; relearning and recollecting of everyday traditional cultural healing lifestyles
- HWB supports equitable, sustainable, community-based, fair trade practices pertaining to foods, herbs and botanical products
- HWB embraces grassroots empowerment models and actions, encouraging local people to utilise their own unique community resources to create accessible peoples' natural medicine clinics and other innovative holistic model projects
- HWB promotes sharing of holistic health and wellness resources and open source information that will assist all people and practitioners
- HWB believes in building foundations of honesty, trust, openness, compassion and collaboration within holistic health and wellness realms
- HWB assists herbalists and other healers with continuous training, education, technical assistance and resources
- HWB believes in creating alternative natural medicine solutions that individuals, communities and countries may begin implementing now
- HWB works to promote, defend and protect the human rights of all people as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations based on the UDHR, as well as in regional codes of human rights which incorporate the rights contained in the UDHR, the provisions to which governments have voluntarily acceded;
- HWB works to encourage, and raise awareness, that every human being possesses rights based on their humanity and that respect for human rights improves people’s lives;
This following content is relevant to our registration as a Charity. (DRAFT STATEMENT) This portion has not yet been lodged and is open for comment/edit.
To achieve the organisations objectives in clause 3, HERBALISTS WITHOUT BORDERS VICTORIA may:
The Association will pursue the principal objectives set out in (3) by:
- establishing events and venues as places for community-based learning, delivery of health services, community health promotion, gardening, artistic and folkloric activities to create environmentally beneficial, socially just, economically satisfying, culturally enriching and spiritually nurturing ways of living together through and the pursuit of health justice for all people;
- providing community health services focused on the needs of the community;
- directly providing education and information services to increase understanding of health and the human impacts on the natural environment and their relationship to wellbeing and health justice; made possible through activities such as education seminars, workshops, courses and events, community health and development;
- providing training to members, volunteers and health professionals who work with HWB Victoria to ensure that they have the highest level of skill when carrying out their duties;
- conduct investigations and publish well-founded, evidence-based research on health and environmental issues;
- prepare, publish (in a variety of media) and promote topical information in areas such as humanitarianism, health and wellbeing, community development, botanical medicine, food security, health justice, agriculture, and environmental sustainability;
- take humanitarian actions in response to humanitarian need and disasters by providing crisis response services, volunteers and health services; and collaborate with communities towards response, recovery and resiliency;
- support, directly or indirectly, individuals and their families whose health and welfare are at risk and protect, directly or indirectly, those who are at risk and have deficient access to essentials of food, shelter and access to health care;
- conduct agricultural and horticultural ventures, food security programs, support and nourish community gardens, food forests and agroforestry amongst other regional responses to issues of human rights, health and sustainability;
- establishing food security programs, harvest and processing of foods, the cooking, preservation and distribution of foodstuff, seeds, seedlings, and plants;
- work in partnership with other organisations and individuals;
- promote public support for, and advocacy of human rights;
- inform public opinion to encourage individuals, non-state actors, and governmental and other entities to protect, promote and defend human rights, access to health care and the protection of indigenous medicinal knowledge;
- promote a culture of respect for all human rights;
- promote economic, social and cultural rights as a means of alleviating poverty, which is a grave violation of human rights;