Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2018

NAIDOC Week 2018 is celebrating the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

For at least 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have carried dreaming stories, songlines, languages and knowledge that have kept Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture strong.

Their achievements, their voice, their unwavering passion give us strength and have empowered past generations and paved the way for generations to come.

They were pioneering women like Barangaroo, Truganini, Gladys Elphick, Fannie Cochrane-Smith, Evelyn Scott, Pearl Gibbs, Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Celuia Mapo Salee, Thancoupie, Justine Saunders, Gladys Nicholls, Flo Kennedy, Essie Coffey, Isabel Coe, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Eleanor Harding, Mum Shirl, Ellie Gaffney and Gladys Tybingoompa.

Today, they are trailblazers like Joyce Clague, Yalmay Yunupingu, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Nova Peris, Carol Martin, Elizabeth Morgan, Barbara Shaw, Rose Richards, Vonda Malone, Margaret Valadian, Lowitja O’Donoghue, June Oscar, Pat O’Shane, Pat Anderson Jill Milroy, Banduk Marika, Linda Burney, Celeste Liddle and Rosalie Kunoth-Monks – to name but a few.

Here at the YWCA we are inspired by the incredible young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women shaping Australia, Aretha Brown, Nakkiah Lui, Deborah Mailman, Amy McQuire, Eugenia Flynn, Kristy Dickinson, Miranda Tapsell, Bronwyn Fredericks, Summer May Finlay, Madeline Wells, Mikaela Jade, Shaleise Law, Jessica Mauboy Yarrmun Conole, Megan Wilding and many many others.

Because of her, we can!

#NAIDOC2018 #BecauseOfHerWeCan