Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
- $75,000 IAS funding grants to Central Australia Youth Link-Up Services (CAYLUS) and NPY Women’s Council to deliver an education project to increase awareness of menstrual hygiene management
- Funding will also support improved school attendance for Indigenous girls
- This $150,000 CLP investment will help improve awareness in Central Australian communities
The Central Australian Youth Link Up Service (CAYLUS) and NPY Women’s Council have received grants of $75,000 each through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to expand their work on menstrual hygiene management in remote communities.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, said that CAYLUS and the NPY Women’s Council had been working together to understand and address the issues faced by girls and women.
“There is already work underway by these organisations to make remote Indigenous communities more ‘girl-friendly’ to break down barriers to menstrual hygiene management experienced by girls and women,” said Minister Scullion.
The projects will aim to increase Indigenous girls’ access to sanitary products, support remote stores to make sanitary products more accessible and provide appropriate information to girls and their families.
“The Indigenous Advancement Strategy grants will support the employment of project staff in both organisations and the design and delivery of culturally appropriate educational resources.”
CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said menstruation can often be a sensitive women’s business issue in communities.
“Small things, such as ensuring shops are stocking a range of appropriate sanitary products and have female staff available at the counter, that schools and workplaces are providing comfortable places for girls and women, including soap and removal bins, as well as building increased understanding about hormonal and body changes,” Ms Price said.
Research by the University of Queensland has demonstrated that a lack of knowledge and awareness, private wash facilities and the availability and accessibility of sanitary products can cause problems for Indigenous girls and women during their period, and results in some girls missing school or work.
Practical supports already provided by CAYLUS in some communities includes the installation of cabinets in schools for girls to discreetly access sanitary products, and educational workshops with girls. The NPY Women’s Council will seek to expand their community engagement programs with Indigenous girls and young women and connecting with senior women elders to provide support and guidance.
“It is appropriate to announce this funding in Women’s Health Week. I will continue to advocate for more essential services to support our girls and women and am proud to be working with the CLP Government to deliver this fantastic investment to CAYLUS and the NPY Women’s Council ,” Ms Price said.