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Aboriginal women empowering schoolgirls in Central Australia to fight domestic violence

Saturday, August 19, 2017

"Central Australia has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation, yet many students said they had not been exposed to awareness or prevention programs.

But that changed this week for a group of girls from Yirara College, an Indigenous boarding school in Alice Springs, who spent four days at a cultural and leadership camp learning about connection to country, language, and developing resilience.

...Yirara Girls Academy coordinator Beverly Angeles said it was important to educate the girls about domestic violence in a culturally appropriate way and in a place removed from the distractions of town and communities.

The girls were looking at cultural and country connections, including language, kinship and skin groups, she said.

'I think most of the girls have seen [domestic violence] firsthand, so this is more about supporting each other, coming together and strengthening each other and basically saying, 'no, we've had enough, no more',' Ms. Angeles said."

Read the full article here.