In remote West & Central Arnhem Land, women are playing an important & growing role managing Country & supporting their communities as Indigenous rangers. Women-specific Traditional Knowledge & responsibilities are crucial to effective & holistic Indigenous land management. However, in West & Central Arnhem Land men have taken up most of the government-funded ranger positions, as programs developed around traditionally male tasks like fire & feral animal management. This issue is compounded by the that Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) receive approximately 6% of federal conservation estate funding, despite forming nearly half of the Australia’s conservation estate.
The combination of philanthropy & carbon abatement income is changing the story for women in our region. Dedicated women’s ranger teams are building the capacity of remote land management workforces, providing women with the opportunity to use & share their traditional knowledge, & increase their skills, wellbeing and confidence. Donations are used to further the ongoing development of strong women’s ranger teams on Nawarddeken, Rembarrnga, Dalabon & Mayili country in West & Central Arnhem Land, working with our partners Warddeken Land Management (Warddeken) and Mimal Land Management (Mimal). It would also support the development of the Strong Women for Healthy Country Network which is focused on improving conditions & opportunities for Indigenous women working in land management across the NT.