First Nations Women Leaders

On International Women’s Day 2023, WomanGoingPlaces would like to acknowledge the remarkable First Nations women leaders who have been spearheading the campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum to enshrine the Indigenous Voice in the Constitution. In the process, they have been forging an alliance of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to change Australian history.

Since their involvement in first creating the Uluru Statement from the Heart in 2017, they have courageously refused to give up, despite rejection of a referendum by two Australian Prime Ministers, Morrison and Turnbull. Instead, they have persevered by reaching out to inform, involve and consult with regional, remote and urban Indigenous communities throughout Australia.

They have also managed to build a nation-wide consensus between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians across the fields of politics, business, academia, and professional and philanthropic organisations. All their efforts have increased the likelihood of success in the referendum.

Included amongst these First Nations women leaders are: Patricia Anderson AO, Co-Chair Uluru Dialogue, Professor Megan Davis, Co-Chair Uluru Dialogue; Professor Marcia Langton AO, Co-Chair, Senior Advisory Group Indigenous Voice Co-design Process; Linda Burney, Minister for Indigenous Australians; Pat Turner AM, Lead Convener of the Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations; Rachel Perkins, Australians for Indigenous Constitutional Recognition (AICR); Dr. Josie Douglas, Central Land Council NT; Sally Scales, Uluru Statement Leadership, APY Art Centre Collective.

This is not a complete list. Please add any other names that should appear in the comments below.






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