In tribute to NAIDOC 2018’s theme ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ Djirra launches new campaign for our ‘Hidden Figures’. We celebrate all Aboriginal women – those in the spotlight and those hidden in the shadows.
Aboriginal women have been and continue to be leaders, activists and protectors of Aboriginal culture and identity. However, despite certain Aboriginal women being promoted, throughout history and still today many Aboriginal women continue to confront racism, poverty, violence and vilification on a daily basis; seeking dignity but denied it; cherishing their children but torn from them; wanting safety but facing pain. These are the Hidden Figures: the women obscured from public consciousness and living in the shadows. For some Aboriginal women, this kind of invisibility may be a choice; for others it is not.