Advocacy in Action - Yorga Djenna Bidi Graduation

In the first week of June, two of our staff members had the opportunity to attend the graduation of the 6th cohort of the Yorga Djenna Bidi Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Program. Holly Fulker, Manager Member Services & Operations and Alice Leggett, our Research Officer, were inspired and informed by the ceremony. The program, which began in 2016, has now seen more than 90 graduates from the five month program. The course focuses on leadership development, communication skills, self-reflection and empowerment in a culturally appropriate and culturally safe environment.

Alice and Holly reflected that they were impressed by the holistic approach the course takes in tackling some of the challenges faced by Aboriginal women in their professional and personal lives. One part of the course involves “un-packing” and “re-packing” personal issues, which are often very complex and unique, and talking about the issues in a constructive way. This theme of self-reflection was reoccurring and lead to some positive outcomes for the graduates, such as empowerment, self-care strategies and a stronger sense of cultural pride. The course also teaches best practice for conflict-resolution, approaching cultural barriers and how to navigate the complex corporate landscape.

The graduates now join the growing alumni network of the Kwopertok Yorga, which assist with the ongoing development of the leadership and communication skills gained throughout the program. There is a strong emphasis on continual development, and also the opportunity to educate others who may not be aware of the cultural challenges facing Aboriginal women in society and in the workplace.

The Committee is proud to support the Yorga Djenna Bidi Program, along with our other commitments to reconciliation. We believe that the visible presence and participation of the Noongar community in Perth is integral to the success of our vision for the region. You can view our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan here.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.