DV Work Aware is a new pilot program funded by Queensland Government Department of Communities and operated by Queensland Working Women’s Service (QWWS). The objective of the program is to raise awareness of the proactive and responsive role that workplaces can play in the community and for employees in addressing domestic and family violence. Over the years, ResearchCrowd has worked with QWWS on various research, evaluation and consulting projects. We are pleased to have been invited to collaborate on the DV Work Aware program to develop information and materials for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees affected by domestic and family violence to help them to Stay Safe – Stay Strong. While much has been written about the scourge of domestic and family violence and its impact on the workplace, Stay Safe – Stay Strong provides practical tips for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander working women who experience domestic and family violence to let them know ‘which way’ to go for help at work. It’s great to be part of this important initiative, and to be working again with QWWS. If you want to know more about our work in domestic and family violence, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander working women, QWWS …
We’re very happy to have been able to create a crowdfunding project for Patience Faith Link to help her raise funds to purchase a headstone to mark her brother’s grave. Sadly, Patience was not permitted to use the headstone she had made, as it does not conform to the regulation requirements for the Mt Gravatt Cemetery. If you can, please get behind the project, and help Patience free her brother’s spirit. Check it out here.
Happy International Women’s Day. At ResearchCrowd, we are committed to accelerating gender equality and women’s empowerment. Much of the research we conduct is aimed at improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls. While women make enormous contributions to everyday life and the economy, they remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation because of barriers to education and employment, and status in society – this is exacerbated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. As UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, says, “This must be a period that will enable the 21st century to be regarded as the century that empowered women and empowered humanity”. Want to know more about International Women’s Day, check out UN Women Australia – click here.
The original article inserted below was published in First Nations Telegraph 24 February 2017. MILLIONS of dollars in Federal Government funding to boost indigenous economic development has gone to companies that employ very few indigenous workers, including one based in Malaysia. Now there are calls to overhaul the scheme, which has been accused of creating a “handful of millionaires” rather than supporting employment for First Australians. More than $280 million in contracts have been awarded under the indigenous Procurement Policy [sic] in the past year to companies majority-owned by First Australians, The Australian reports. That’s a 46-fold increase on the $6.2 million awarded under the policy just five years ago. Former head of the Government’s indigenous Advisory Council Warren Mundine told The Australian the scheme should be overhauled to include a strategy where “indigenous people are actually getting employment through those companies”. “At the end of the day, this is not about creating a handful of millionaires, it’s about changing the economic status of indigenous people,” Mr Mundine said. “We do need to have successful Aboriginal businesses, but economic opportunities for the majority will be more likely to come through employment. “In my view, companies that employ 70 per cent or more indigenous should also be declared an indigenous company …
According to international jurist, educator and former judge, the Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, “A charitable interpretation of the relationship between the Australian system post-1788 and the Indigenous Aboriginal [and Torres Strait Islander] people of the continent is that it is a tale of indifference and neglect. A less charitable interpretation is that it represents a cruel assertion of power: sometimes deliberate, sometimes mindless, resulting in the destruction of [ ] culture, unparallel rates of criminal conviction and imprisonment and massive deprivation of property and land.”* Today is Australia Day; a national day of celebration to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, the hoisting of the British flag, and the proclamation of British sovereignty over Australia. But, for so many, it is a day we remember and mourn the hundreds of thousands who lost their lives at the hands of the invaders. In the words of the Gamilaraay people, ngiyani winangay ganunga we remember them. *Source, Hazelhurst, K (1987), Ivory Scales: Black Australia and The Law, New South Wales University Press, Sydney, p.15.
These days, we’ve been reading lots about new and emerging technologies and digital connection. One of the good news stories that we came across is about Aurukun (which is great news, especially given all the bad news stories in the media). The community is celebrating, 4G – style. No longer will the community have to rely on radio transmission towers for mobile calls, use mobile internet and fixed data services. The Aurukun Shire Council, which operates a banking agency six days a week, said using radio transmission towers meant a single banking transaction could take as long as 45 minutes, and that’s when the internet connection didn’t drop out. 4G will change all of that. With 4G, the Aurukun community can rapidly connect to everyone, everywhere at top speed – family and friends, banking services, education services, employment services, health care services, and so much more. And, with 4G, users will be connecting at top speed. Big CHEERS to everyone involved in making the Aurukun Fibre Optic Launch possible, and big CONGRATULATIONS to the Aurukun community, who are able to reap the benefits of speedy connections. Gee whiz technology! The original source for this story is First Nations Telegraph.
It looks like New South Wales is set to legislate to protect and revitalise Aboriginal languages! Aboriginal Affairs Minister Leslie Williams sees Indigenous languages as a “unique and valuable part of our heritage”. She goes on to say, “We know that Aboriginal people who speak their language are healthier [and that] Aboriginal children learning a language do better at school and that language renewal strengthens communities”. Too many years have passed since the Aboriginal Protection Board removed Aboriginal children from their families for speaking Aboriginal language; so this is a huge win. Here’s hoping the other States and Territories follow suit. FYI, Yammagarra is a respectful way to greet Elders and other respected community members. It comes from the Gamilaraay language, which is a Pama–Nyungan language of the Wiradhuric subgroup found mostly in south-east Australia. Click here to learn more about rediscovering Indigenous languages. Quotes from the Minister were sourced from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-16/aboriginal-languages-to-be-protected-in-nsw/8029476.
And now for something totally left field lol: on this day in 1975, in a remarkable display of solidarity and determination, Iceland’s women went on strike for equal rights. They refused to go to their jobs, do housework, or perform childcare, all to show the importance of women in their society. Incredibly, 90% of women in Iceland participated in the strike. Of those, 25,000 women — almost 12% of Iceland’s population at the time — took to the streets of Reykjavik in a demonstration while other protests were held in towns across the country. The historic strike was called Women’s Day Off and it’s gone down in Icelandic history as the beginning of a dramatic change in the status of women — and the first step toward Iceland becoming “the world’s most feminist country.” Although the right of Icelandic women to vote was recognized in 1915, by 1975, there were still only three sitting female Members of Parliament, less than 5%. Across the country, women faced discrimination at work, including lower pay and fewer job opportunities. The progress being made in other Nordic countries, where women held 16 to 23% of parliamentary seats and had more recourse against discrimination, was …
I don’t know why it took me so long to see the film Mad Bastards, but am glad I finally got it see it. Written and directed by Brendan Fletcher in 2011, Mad Bastards is the heart wrenching and hopeful story of a father’s quest to find the young son he’s never known. The father (Dean Daley-Jones) and son (Lucas Yeeda) are so much alike – proud, angry, hurt, loving, reflective, hopeful. The film gives audiences a look at the significance of culture, community and care in rebuilding lives. It was great to see a film depicting the work of men’s spaces, and the important and valuable contribution they make to personal, family and community well-being. Having a bit of a David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz or Mr Movies Bill Collins moment here lol, if you get the chance to watch Mad Bastards, take it!
Congratulations to Mark Yettica-Paulson on his promotion to the position of Joint Campaign Director of RECOGNISE. RECOGNISE is the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. Mark Yettica-Paulson has been a RECOGNISE ambassador since 2013. He is committed to a legacy of hope and change, and to acknowledging the first Australians in our Constitution. Mark is from beautiful Horn Island in the Torres Strait. We wish him every success in his new role, and thank him for stepping up.