Monday, 12 September 2016
Arrernte woman wins Global Voices scholarship
By Leanne Miles
A social justice advocate and high-achieving Indigenous student has been awarded a scholarship to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in the United States.
Tara Liddy is a southern Arrernte/Luritja woman and has been awarded the semester 2, 2016 Charles Darwin University Global Voices scholarship to travel to the summit in New York in 2017.
Tara said she had a strong interest in pursuing social justice and economic outcomes for Aboriginal women.
The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Indigenous Resource Management and Indigenous Social Policy) student plans to undertake Honours research on the economic empowerment for Aboriginal women.
“As an Aboriginal woman from Central Australia, I am passionate about pursuing social justice and equality for Indigenous peoples and women alike,” she said. “I consider myself an Aboriginal feminist, particularly interested in identity politics, economic empowerment and human rights.”
Tara said the opportunity to participate in the UN Summit would allow her to gain further insight into the ways in which Indigenous women from across the globe were addressing issues of race-and-gender inequality.
She has volunteered in remote Indigenous communities to promote exercise and healthy lifestyle choices and to improve school attendance rates. She has also worked with disadvantaged communities in rural South Africa.
Tara was awarded the 2015 NAIDOC Top End Scholar of the Year and won the Genesee and Wyoming Australia Indigenous Achievement Award at the 2015 NT Young Achiever Awards.
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