Program to boost knowledge of law for Aboriginal women

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Indigenous Kimberley women will have the chance to achieve positive outcomes when a nationwide program comes to the region for the first time later this year.

The Straight Talk event connects indigenous women to the legal system and allows them to share their ideas and experiences around common issues to create change.

A number of Kimberley women attended last year’s Canberra summit and were lobbying for an event in the region since.

Their persistence paid off when a joint venture between Oxfam Australia and Aarnja made the event possible. Aarnja chief executive Janine Dureau said she was determined to seek a partnership with Oxfam to bring the eight-year-old program to the Kimberley.

“I believe this is a great opportunity for women across the Kimberley to gain knowledge of the political system,” she said.

“It is also a chance to share our struggles, our initiatives and our aspirations in a united voice for the next and future generations.”

Kimberley Straight Talk will take place in Broome on October 9.

Women interested in registering for the event can email Aarnja executive assistant Attika Edgar on admin@aarnja.org.au.

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