Helping Sistas be safer

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Young Indigenous women across Darwin, Jabiru, Arnhem Land, Katherine, Tenant Creek, Townsville and Mildura are set to be safer online, thanks to a new series of workshops – Safe Sistas – funded by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and Facebook.

The new workshops are designed to address young Indigenous women’s general cyber safety practices to reduce and respond to the issue of image-based abuse in Indigenous communities.

Amy Williams, Senior Advisor at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, said the workshops will specifically help increase young Indigenous women’s awareness of risks and how to help protect their privacy, particularly where a conscious decision is made to share inappropriate images. The workshops will also improve school participation for those who have experienced image-based abuse.

“The workshops draw on – and enhance – our work with the Stars Foundation in the Northern Territory and the workshops will take place in ‘Stars schools’.

“We’ve been working with Stars for three years now, mentoring and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander girls and young women to finish Year 12.

A total of 36 workshops – for both mentors (39) and students (850), in all Stars schools, in the areas of Darwin, Jabiru, Arnhem Land, Katherine, Tenant Creek, Townsville and Mildura – are currently being delivered from now until October.

They’ll also ensure the understanding of available avenues through the Stars Foundation when image-based abuse occurs and test the validity of previous Selfie workshops in reducing the frequency and impact of image-based abuse among young Indigenous women.

Ambassador Ally Anderson – an inspirational, Indigenous AFLW player – is an ideal voice for our Safe Sistas program and really resonates with participants.

Ally has filmed a series of short videos that are used across the workshops.

As she says, “to be a Safe Sista it means you need to know you have a support network, you need to make sure you know your boundaries and if you don’t like something, it’s ok to say it.”

You can find out more about the Safe Sistas program via amy.williams@amf.org.au

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