Caring for Country Women's Engagement Camp

Date: Sep 30, 2017

Publication Type: News

Subject: Caring for Country

Thirty Indigenous women rangers from eleven ranger groups gathered together in late September at Barrapunta Outstation (near Bulman) for the Women Rangers Engagement Camp.

Hosted by Mimal Land Management Aboriginal Corporation, the camp provided an opportunity for attendees to network with leaders, workshop ideas for increasing opportunities for women’s engagement in caring for country programs, and to learn new skills. Ranger groups came from across the Top End and the Gulf of Carpentaria, and included Wagiman, Mimal, Garawa, Waanyi Garawa, Garngi, Numbulwar, Yugul Mangi, Timber Creek and Arafura Swamp rangers, some driving over 1,300km to attend the camp.  

NLC Full Council Members Virginia Nundhirribala, Faye Manggurra and Maxine Wallace also attended and shared their knowledge about their roles and responsibilities as NLC Full Council Members with representing their communities. Currently women make up only a quarter of rangers employed by the NLC. 

The Caring for Country Branch is working hard to bring these numbers towards parity, developing a Women’s Engagement Strategy, which will identify the barriers limiting the employment of women, and set out strategies and actions to overcome these barriers.