Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the Traditional Custodians of Australia, with more than 50,000 years of continued history, culture, stories, songs, leadership and lore. Colonisation and the historical removal and cultural dispossession of land have directly disempowered Indigenous Australians, impacting their social, economic, physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.
Australia’s First Nations women face unique disadvantages, as they are disempowered in society and often in their communities too. Current epidemic levels of gendered violence demonstrate this, showing that Indigenous women are 45-times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous Australian women, compounding intergenerational trauma. A lack of community-based solutions, insufficient funding in grassroots programs, pertinent opportunities for Indigenous female leaders and positive media representation leaves a deafening silence in Australia.
Yanalangami seeks to address these issues by enhancing Indigenous women’s leadership on the ground, which improves their safety, strengthens women’s confidence, provides healing and grows their networks in local and national spheres of influence. Our cultural leadership program focuses on cultivating wellbeing and is driven by the understanding that leadership is not something that happens in isolation but takes the strength of many women empowering each other and walking together to create meaningful change.
In 2021 we directly invested in 16 women’s grassroots leadership.
In 2022 we directly invested in 46 women’s grassroots leadership (16 online and 30 in-person).
In 2023 we seek to double this investment.
20 New Leaders
In 2 years, 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were engaged as advisors and leaders.
Alignment with the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) report
Tranby’s Yanalangami: Strong women, Strong Communities program is closely aligned with the strength-based framework of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) approach to human rights. By seeking to empower women’s leadership on the ground, through culturally safe methods and holistic approaches to healing, the Yanalangami program aligns with the Wiyi Yani U Thangani report across the four major cross-cutting themes of:
• Women’s leadership and self-determination;
• Healing from intergenerational trauma;
• Lore, law, language, and culture as a key determinant of health and wellbeing; and
• Recognising First Nations’ women unpaid work and addressing social and economic structures that have led to structural powerlessness and poverty.
Investing in Strong Women, Growing Stronger communities
Yanalangami Train the Trainer Program
Increasing Indigenous women’s workforce participation & leadership
This new program will upskill Yanalangami Alumni, providing facilitator training and advanced leadership development. Through this program we intend to provide some regional employment for these women to serve as Yanalangami facilitators, inspiring more community-led ripples of change throughout Australia.
National Yanalangami Alumni network
Strengthening connection between Indigenous women in rural, regional and urban areas
Through our growing social media presence we will host regular Yanalangami Yarn’ups where Alumni and community are invited for discussions and connections about issues currently faced by Indigenous women – these forums will be led by Yanalangami Changemaker alumni and be a source of connection and pride for community
Indigenous Women-led Research
Building an evidence base that drives and champions change.
Our research, data collection and ongoing amplification of Indigenous women’s voices will directly address the structural & systemic barriers Indigenous women face in the home, community & professional settings. As part of the research we intend to publish reports on financial wellbeing, career progression, barriers to Indigenous women’s professional success and community-led solutions and frameworks supporting women and girls to thrive.