Gari Yala: Understanding the intersection of gender and Indigenous identity at work

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are underrepresented in the Australian workforce and not much is known about the experiences of these women at work that may be driving gender differences in Indigenous employment.

In 2020 the Gari Yala project documented the workplace experiences and recommendations of over 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. This follow-up report looks at the results from this survey through a gendered lens providing a deeper understanding of the intersection of gender and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity in the workplace.

Mary Wooldridge, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency opened the event and DCA’s Research Director Dr Jane O’Leary moderated the discussion around the report findings with  our guest panel including:

  1. Dr Olivia Evans, Indigenous Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University,
  2. Nareen Young, Industry Professor, Indigenous Policy (Indigenous Workforce Diversity) at Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research at University of Technology
  3. Jason Mifsud, Head of First Nations Affairs & Enterprise at Wesfarmers, and the Founding Director of Mifsud Consulting , and
  4. Jinny-Jane Smith, Founding Director + Secretary, BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation.

See more about our Gari Yala (Speak the Truth) Gendered Insights research.

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