30 Indigenous women from across the Wet Tropics region gathered on Yalanji country in the Daintree area to share ideas and discuss issues related to women managing country. Terrain was able to support this project through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.
The 3-day Jalbu-Jalbu (women’s) Land and Sea Management Workshop was the first of its kind since 2008. Women from Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, Ma:mu Aboriginal Corporation, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and Gunggangi Aboriginal Corporation were in attendance.
Jabalbina, with support from Terrain and the Wet Tropics Management Authority, hosted the on country workshop from 7 - 9 March at Kulki (Cape Tribulation), to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The workshops were an opportunity for rainforest women of the Wet Tropics region to create networks, share stories and experiences of personal, cultural or professional origin and discuss avenues of support to encourage the next generation of young women to take up a career managing country.
Jabalbina Mossman based Ranger and WHS Officer, Danica Beveen Reisener said the event was an opportunity for collaboration between ranger groups.
“We’re really excited to have hosted this workshop. It’s been almost 10 years since female rangers had a chance to attend something like this.”
“Discussing issues that affect Indigenous women rangers and women managing country means we get to help each other out. Seeing how other female rangers work, and how other organisations work is very important.”
Terrain’s Community Partnership Officer, Vanessa Drysdale said the workshop presented an important space to talk about women’s rights in the workplace.
“International Women’s Day 2017 was about forging a more gender inclusive working world. The workshop planning team identified that the IWD theme and workshop topics sit hand in hand. Through Indigenous led collaborations like the Jalbu-Jalbu workshop, we can explore and advance opportunities for Indigenous women who have an interest in becoming more involved in decision making and the management of their traditional estates,” she said.
Terrain provides funding thanks to the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. The Jabalbina ranger program is funded through the Australian Government’s Working on Country and Indigenous Protected Area initiatives and the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.