Bettina Danganbarr with her grandchildren and children of friends. She wants other families to be kept safe on the island. Source: australiabusinessblog News † Aneeta Bhole
Ms. Danganbarr went on to play a leading role in the creation of the Yolŋu-led Galiwin’ku Women’s Space.
“We manage to bring the ladies into our small office and talk to them and come up with a plan that’s culturally appropriate,” she said.
The mango tree on Galiwin’ku where the women met. Source: australiabusinessblog News † Aneeta Bhole
The group started in 2012 in the shade of a colossal mango tree by the beach, where women met and talked about solutions to domestic violence.
In many serious cases of domestic violence on Galiwin’ku, women are often flown from the island to Nhulunbuy, 120 km away, or even further, to Darwin.
Members of the Galiwin’ku Women’s Group in their current meeting room. Source: australiabusinessblog News † Aneeta Bhole
Their children cannot come with them in most cases.
“We just can’t wait for the shelter to open – I feel really blessed to be working with the ladies who are trying to make a difference,” said Ms Danganbarr.
Work on the new Galiwin’ku women’s shelter has started. Source: australiabusinessblog News † Aneeta Bhole
“We are just waiting very anxiously for the space to open and we are open to anyone who wants to seek help from us.
“We are committed, we are strong ladies and we show up and we try to advocate for other women.
Bettina with one of the other women who works in the women’s area and her child. Source: australiabusinessblog News † Aneeta Bhole
“The most important thing is to do it our way, Yolŋu way, we work from our roots, our culture and that’s what empowers us.”