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CQUniversity professor fights for indigenous women's rights

A CQUNIVERSITY professor will today put out a stern challenge to the Australian public; one she claimed sometimes had little priority on any government's agenda.

Today at the Women of the World Festival in Brisbane, Professor Bronwyn Fredericks will fight for more recognition and action of indigenous women's rights.

She'll be challenging people to think about why the disparity between non-indigenous and indigenous women still exists and what people can do to help address the issues and the continuing disparity.

Among the questions she'll be asking is why indigenous women did not often feature in discussions pertaining to women in Australia, when "they were collectively the most disadvantaged, the poorest and the most unwell".

"Is it a case of 'out of sight, out of mind', 'don't care', 'ongoing ignorance' or some other reason why indigenous women aren't gaining any recognition across the board?"

She told The Morning Bulletin yesterday she would be posing other ultimatums ensuring indigenous women's rights weren't the same as what they were now, 50 years down the track.

"There needs to be proper funding investments in programs that are already working well with indigenous women," she said.

"It's no good creating new pilot programs for indigenous women (and other groups) if they're not going to work."

Prof Fredericks said greater advocacy needed to be undertaken on behalf of and with indigenous women.

"When Australian men and women are talking about the disadvantages experienced by women and don't advocate or speak up for those women that are collectively the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, like indigenous women, it does reflect a kind of privilege, discrimination and a continued form of colonialism."

What is WOW

WOW Brisbane 2015 will be at QUT Garden Point campus and QPAC.

The objective of WOW Brisbane is to celebrate the achievements of women (particularly local women across all walks of life).

Topics:  cquiniversity indigenous affairs



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