ABOUT THE FOUNDER – NATASHA SHORT

I was born and raised in the East Kimberley and have been passionate about positive social changes and righting injustices, of which I was aware of, from a very young age. I have lived most of my life in the Kimberley region and I am familiar with the challenges. But at the same time, I’m solutions-focused and positive about the future.

I have spent the last 25 years working within the Community Development area and have over 20 years of experience in Event Management, often organising small to large scale community events, which provide great personal satisfaction to me.

My passion for travel and experiencing new cultures began at the age of 20 when I first visited Indonesia. This allowed me to be introduced to new societies and gain a greater awareness and respect for the women in the world around me, and their strength. Further international travel opportunities gave me an appreciation of my own country, its privileges and a desire to share Australian Indigenous cultures with the world. My interest in learning and sharing led me to organising two separate all Indigenous female teams to PNG (2013) and Zambia (2007) to share, where I was also the invited guest speaker on those occasions.

As a descendant of the Jaru people, I am originally from Halls Creek but I now live on Miriwoong Gajerrong country in Kununurra, East Kimberley with my husband and our teenage children.

I feel strongly about creating social change and how women can influence the world for the better.

WHY WE ARE HERE

Indigenous women have a VOICE and it is time that those voices are heard more in organisations, businesses, corporations and in places of government locally, regionally and nationally.

My heart in founding Kimberley Jiyigas is to provide a platform for facilitating the united collective voice of Kimberley Indigenous women.

This amazing collective of  women is an untapped resource for driving reconciliation and Indigenous cultural awareness in Australia.

The Vision of Kimberley Jiyigas is a movement of Kimberley Indigenous women united in their passion to be a force that influences social change locally, regionally and nationally.

The Mission of Kimberley Jiyigas is to provide a platform for Kimberley Indigenous women to LEAD and SPEAK.

In addition to the numerous benefits of joining together as Indigenous Kimberley women to influence social change and to provide support to each other, there is another important driver to Kimberley JIyigas: Collectively empowering Indigenous women globally to speak and lead in their communities and regions. Empowering a woman is empowering a community.

KIMBERLEY BIRDS

In the natural, birds are always on the MOVE. Kimberley Birds are renowned for their uniqueness and beauty. Further, many of these birds travel long distances which is testament to their strength, capability and resilience. Bird watchers come from around the world to see Kimberley Birds and much is written on the migratory pathways of these birds. Birds such as those shown in photos below:

Likewise, Kimberley Indigenous women are unique, beautiful, strong, capable and resilient. Kimberley Jiyigas don’t stand still, they are a MOVEMENT that will not be stopped, soaring to new heights, taking on new challenges and tackling social problems. They are women who can go the distance and who are determined to be influencers of social change: regionally, nationally and internationally.

See more photos on the East Kimberley and Northern Territory Birds Facebook page.  Permission has been granted from Ronda Crerar to use these photos where acknowledgement is given.