March/April 2004 Volume 6, Issue 1

In the five years since the ILB last published a special Indigenous womens edition, much has changed. And much hasn't. Indigenous women are the most marginalised group in Australia. There are still significant impediments to accessing legal services. However, there have been some important developments, largely initiated by Indigenous women, reflecting their demands that their voices be heard.

A common thread within this edition is leadership and the way in which Indigenous women can and must draw on their strong roles as family and community leaders to advocate for the sort of change that will see real improvement in the lives of Indigenous women and their communities. The edition portrays several areas of law, reflecting the diverse needs and initiatives of Indigenous women in Australia.

Leadership and Advocacy - Support and Mentoring - Family Violence - Family Law - Discrimination - The Criminal Justice System - Customary Law

Upcoming Events and Recent Publications

Leadership and Advocacy     

Indigenous Women and Leadership - A Personal Reflection
by Jackie Huggins AM

Our Strong Women - Indigenous Women, Law and Leadership
by Denese Griffin and Jacqui Houston

Irati Wanti: Senior Aboriginal Women Fight a Nuclear Waste Dump
by Nina Brown and Sam Sowerwine

Support and Mentoring

The National Network of Indigenous Women's Legal Services Inc
by Denese Griffin

Family Violence     

Indigenous Family Violence - Australia's Business
by Libby Carney

Hand in Hand to a Safer Future: Indigenous Family Violence and Community Justice Groups
by Helena Wright

Family Law

Addressing the Needs of Indigenous Women in the Family Court
by Stephen Ralp


How Mainstream Law Makes Aboriginal Women Disappear
by Jennifer Nielsen

The Criminal Justice System

Reducing the Numbers of Aboriginal Women in Custody: The Karrka Kirnti Aboriginal Women's Cultural Program
by Pat Maurer

Customary Law     

Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara: Women's Council welcomes State and Territory Legislation that will protect Aboriginal Children from Abuse
by Jane Lloyd

Women's Rights and Culture: An Indigenous Woman's perspective on the Removal of Traditional Marriage as a Defence under Northern Territory Law
by Alison Anderson


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