Strong Women for Healthy Country Network Making a Difference in Arnhem Land
There is a women-only network that has been growing in the Northern Territory with a focus on protecting Country, people and culture. The Strong Women for Healthy Country Network was founded in 2019 in an effort to seek greater recognition for Indigenous women and their important role in their communities.
In May last year, the annual forum for the Network saw more than 300 Indigenous women gather at Banatjarl in the Top End. The forum was geared towards creating greater opportunities for Indigenous women to take on leadership roles in their communities. This included a push for more female ranger roles that allow women to work flexibly to care for Country as well as their families.
Traditional Owner and Red Earth partner Annette Miller (pictured above) is one of the earliest advocates for the network and its objectives.
“We are strong Indigenous women of the Northern Territory. We stand united as one strong voice. We commit to a network that gives equal power to the rights of all our women. Strong women means healthy Country.”