The Turnbull Government is continuing to invest in the leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, announcing $1 million to a new programme focused on women’s empowerment, leadership and community development.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said the program would build on the successful Building Better Lives for Ourselves project, a grassroots national network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women supporting each other to address the impact of trauma and violence on their communities.
“This investment of $1 million over two years will support the programme to be delivered more sustainably and on a larger scale. This means more women across Australia are to benefit,” said Minister Scullion.
“Building Better Lives for Ourselves has had a transformative impact on the lives of women who have participated to date, as well as on their families and communities.
Early feedback from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO’s, Wiyi Yani U Thangani’ (Women’s Voices) project has already shown the importance of fostering and growing Indigenous women’s leadership within communities.
“The programme will focus on promoting leadership, capability building and skills sharing. It will be developed in close consultation with current participants and women’s organisations and will reflect the insights of the Women’s Voices consultations.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls, and investing to ensure that they have the best opportunities for success – at school, in their communities, through business and employment and beyond.”
Building Better Lives for Ourselves commenced in 2015, bringing together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to address the effects of intergenerational trauma and violence.
The group has grown to around 150 women across Australia, with members sharing the skills developed through the project with other women in their networks and communities.