Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

It’s International Women’s Day, and today and every day, we celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women! It is the strength and passion of Aboriginal women that help shape our lives and strengthen our communities – from our ancestors to our Elders and Aunties, to our proud, dynamic young leaders coming through today.

We pay tribute to the strength of women leaders and activists that have been involved in Aboriginal activism every step of the way, who have gotten us to where we are now in our fight for equality. They’ve been talking, campaigning and even shouting for so long, and like our ancestors, they continue a long line of invincible women that won’t be silenced.

On the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, we have 14 staunch Aboriginal women – and it’s their voices, strength, passion, tireless dedication and leadership that helps drive our work towards Treaty and truth-telling for our community. To help celebrate, today we’ll be highlighting some of our Assembly Members who share what this day means to them. Happy International Women’s Day!

Aunty Muriel Bamblett

Proud Yorta Yorta, Dja Dja Wurrrung, Taungurung and Boon Wurrung woman
Assembly Member representing the Metropolitan Region

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Assembly Member Aunty Muriel Bamblett shares her commitment to creating a better future for Aboriginal women.

“Aboriginal women are on the frontline in the struggle for equality, dignity and justice. Our voice is our future, and I will speak up against injustice and inequity.

The spirituality, beliefs and tenacity of Aboriginal over many generations make me strong. I will address injustices against our women and pursue equality.

I will be an activist for change. I am a woman, I am Aboriginal, I will not be silent. I will work for a just and equitable society for our women.”

Leanne Miller

Dhulanyagan Ulupna clan of the Yorta Yorta people
Assembly Member representing the North East Region

Celebrating International Women’s Day, Assembly Member Leanne Miller shares her advocacy for Aboriginal women and girls.

“Over several years I have heard many conversations around various aspects of Aboriginal people and self-determination. Researchers and policymakers talk about the scope, the implementation, capacity building and self-governance arrangements. More to the point, are we impeding Aboriginal women and girls’ voices in decision making?

My 2021 IWD #Challenge is – how do you intend to pay homage to our matriarchs that have come before you?” – Leanne Miller

Geraldine Atkinson

Proud Bangerang and Wiradjuri woman
Assembly Co-Chair and Member representing the North East

Assembly Co-Chair Aunty Geraldine Atkinson shares what International Women’s Day means to her!

“Every day is a chance to celebrate the countless Aboriginal women who shape our lives, strengthen our communities and lead the way towards a better future. Aboriginal women have made an immense contribution to the Treaty journey and to the fight for Aboriginal rights – and today I honour their strength, resilience and beauty. Because of her, we can!”