Women's Gathering 2022

The 2022 Women's  Gathering will be held on Wednesday September 14.

Key note speakers are locked in and the program will be made available shortly.

The Women's Gathering is another community event hosted by Gurriny Yealamucka during SIStember.

Ailsa Lively: - CEO Gindaja Treatment & Healing Indigenous Corporation. 

Ailsa is a Gungaddji Woman from the Yarrabah Aboriginal Community in Queensland. She has lived most of her life in the Yarrabah Community and is very passionate in assisting her community to become self-sustainable. 

She is a firm believer in empowering others and community succession planning. Ailsa has extensive experience in Indigenous Community issues, executive level management, leadership and governance.

Karen Edwards: - Australia’s Leading Female Indigenous Comedian.

Black....... broke arse, and unabashedly bawdy!  Using the stage name “Jabitinme” which is synonymous of her Aboriginality and her stage humour Karen Edwards’ foray into stand-up comedy came after much urging from her family, friends and Facebook followers. 

Her humour is described as “earthy, real and out there” putting a comedic spin to things that ordinary Australians can relate to.  Winner of the Qld Deadly Funny Stand-Up Comedy competition 2015.

Elverina Johnson: - Mother, Advocate for Human Rights, Manager, Artist, Creator.

 Elverina is a Gunanji Gurugulu woman of Yarrabah from her grandfather’s linage and of Yidinji Gimuy from her grandmother’s linage. Elverina has been involved in the arts and creative industries for over 30 years as a multi-disciplinary artist in visual and performing arts. 

As a performing artist in her own right, she has performed as a singer for various major events including ‘Yarrabah the Musical’ by Opera Australia, the Yarrabah Music and Cultural Festival by the Queensland Music Festival, and at numerous community events.

PAT O’SHANE: - Aboriginal Activist and Barrister

Pat O’Shane is a Kuku Yalanji woman and a retired magistrate. Her career has included teaching, public service, and university chancellorship.

She has been voted as one of Australia’s living treasures by the National Trust, and in 2021 was awarded a NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award for her tireless and longstanding advocacy and support of her community. She retired from the bench of magistrates in NSW in 2013 to work on a pro bono basis.

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