Issue 5
Monday, 24 April 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Tara Liddy attended the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in the United States
Tara Liddy attended the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in the United States

Student flags Indigenous equity at UN summit

By Leanne Miles

Equality and decision-making autonomy for Aboriginal women in Australia were key concerns for Indigenous student Tara Liddy when she attended the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in the United States.

Tara is a southern Arrernte/Luritja woman and attended the recent summit in New York after being awarded a Charles Darwin University Global Voices scholarship.

A social justice advocate, Tara met with international leaders in gender equality and development, saying the summit had exposed her to a new level of leadership and inspired her to see a future as a high-level advocate for Indigenous people.

“It brought home the understanding that I can make a significant difference in improving the lives of Aboriginal peoples, particularly for women and children, if I can engage in policymaking in a meaningful way,” Tara said.

“It also reaffirmed how important it is for young Aboriginal people (particularly women) to be advocating on these levels as it is our voice that is most valuable in developing solutions to issues impacting our communities into the future.”

Tara said that Aboriginal women still had a long way to go to achieve equality in Australian society.

“In Central Australia, our communities are among the most disadvantaged in the world, and our women are subsequently among the most vulnerable within those communities,” she said.
 
“I learnt that there are so many indigenous communities across the world that are experiencing similar, if not worse, treatment in regard to their women and girls; many are voiceless to resist and challenge, or to be heard on an international scale.”

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.

“It is vital that Aboriginal people are at the forefront of decision making in matters concerning their communities,” Tara said.

Students interested in applying for the semester two scholarship should contact Janet Russell on T: 08 8946 6044.