This International Women’s Day we recognise and pay tribute to the inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, sisters, aunties and elders in our lives – in our families, work places and wider communities – and reaffirm support for full gender equality across Australian society.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion has today paid tribute to all First Australian women as leaders and role models in our nation and recognised the many roles Indigenous women play in our day to day lives.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are strong and resilient, they are the proud custodians of their land and culture and are often the carers and protectors of our children,” Minister Scullion said today.
“I know that many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women also face more challenges – such as racism, economic discrimination, poorer health outcomes, intergenerational trauma as well higher rates of physical and emotional abuse – than non-Indigenous Australian women will experience in their life time.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are not only crucial to the health and wellbeing of their families and their communities, but are the change makers we must empower if we are serious about Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
“That is why the Coalition Government continues to invest strongly in ensuring women and girls have the best opportunity for success, not only through education programs and safety programs but also by encouraging more women to get into and succeed in business.
“We know that businesses do better when women have leadership roles within them, which is why our recently launched Indigenous Business Sector Strategy was designed firmly with increasing women’s participation in mind.
The Coalition Government is also committed to giving a stronger, louder voice to Indigenous women and girls.
Through the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing Our Rights, Securing our future project, the Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO, is leading a national conversation with Indigenous women and girls to hear their priorities, challenges and aspirations for themselves, their families and their future.
“These consultations are vital to make sure we keep taking steps in the right direction. The views sought during these consultations will inform policy decisions for future generations.
It is also fitting that this year’s NAIDOC theme is because of her, we can! which celebrates the wide range of incredible roles women have played and continue to play in our communities.
For more information on the Securing our Rights, Securing our Future project and consultations please visit – https://ministers.pmc.gov.au/scullion/2017/ensuring-safety-and-security-indigenous-women-and-girls