An empowering workshop for local Indigenous girls was a big success, with an alumna from the program employed to facilitate the annual event for the first time.
Garnduwa engaged more than 60 girls from across the East Kimberley for the 2020 Smarter than Smoking Deadly Diva Day in Kununurra on August 26 at the Save the Children Australia hub.
The girls participated in workshops from Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service, Kimberley Community Alcohol and Drug Services, Boab Health Services, Wunan Foundation, and Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Service — and ended the day with a hip-hop dance workshop.
Garnduwa Kununurra development officer Jofrarn Hunter said Deadly Diva Day connected young women with local services which promoted healthy lifestyles.
“Deadly Diva Day brings young women from across the Kimberley together, creating a safe space for them to express themselves, get in touch with local services, and celebrate Aboriginality and culture,” she said.
“It is always a collaborative event hosted by Garnduwa, because it’s our responsibility as a grassroots Aboriginal organisation to be a conduit or pathway for other service providers.”
The event was launched more than 10 years ago as a way for Garnduwa to identify young Aboriginal role models to attend its annual Young Women’s Leadership Camp.
Ms Hunter said she grew up attending Garnduwa events including sports programs, carnivals and leadership events which contributed to her embarking on her career.
“I attended Deadly Diva Day as a young student representing Wyndham District High School, which led to being identified by Garnduwa as a young leader,” she said.
“The leadership program as a whole is constantly evolving and we are excited to provide more opportunities for Aboriginal girls in the future.”
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