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International Women’s Day event to celebrate Indigenous researchers

Northern Institute Director Professor Ruth Wallace says the IWD event will aim to encourage young Indigenous women to consider research careers Northern Institute Director Professor Ruth Wallace says the IWD event will aim to encourage young Indigenous women to consider research careers

Prominent Indigenous women will share stories about their work “on country” at an annual International Women’s Day (IWD) event at Casuarina campus on Friday (6 March).

NT Minister for Women’s Policy Bess Nungarrayi Price will present the opening address at the IWD Event, which is being organised by the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University.

Northern Institute Director, Professor Ruth Wallace said the event would focus on encouraging young Indigenous women to consider a career in research.

“This event provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the research achievements of local Indigenous women, many of whom are leading researchers,” Professor Wallace said.

“It is hoped that showcasing such achievements will inspire young Indigenous women to embark on their own careers in research academia.”

CDU Chancellor and former NT Administrator Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC will also attend the event as one of its ongoing supporters since 2011.

Attendees can find out about potential research career pathways at information booths, which will be set up by the Northern Institute, the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education and the Batchelor Institute. 

Senior students from schools, including Kormilda College and Marrara Christian School, have been invited to attend the public event.

The theme for this year’s event worldwide is “Make It Happen”, which will aim to encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women.

The IWD morning tea will be held at the Mal Nairn Auditorium at Casuarina campus on Friday, 6 March from 9.30am until 12 noon. For registration details visit W: cdu.edu.au/northern-institute/iwd_morningtea2015