International Women’s Day (IWD) is held on March 8th each year, and is a global focal point for the struggles and celebration of women’s achievements. The focus for IWD in 2017 is to #BeBoldForChange, calling for purposeful action to help women advance gender parity around the world, and unleash the limitless potential that can be offered to global economies.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is an Indigenous governed and directed social enterprise of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council, initiated in 1995 in response to an expressed need by Indigenous women for meaningful and culturally appropriate employment.
Tjanpi has a long history of improving the lives of women in remote desert communities by providing opportunities for meaningful employment and income that supports cultural maintenance.
In the words of Tjanpi women;
“Basket making has been really good for us women. We can make them easily in the bush. While you’re digging for (witchetty grubs), tjanmarta (bush onion) and tjarla (honey ants), you can collect seeds and grass as well. It also gives us more money.” Winnie Woods, Papulankutja SA.
“We are very pumpanu, which means ‘lucky’. Where would we be if Tjanpi Desert Weavers hadn’t come along? Think about that. Where would we be? Where would we have found the money to feed our kids? If we didn’t have this, we would be a lot worse off.” Nyurpaya-Kaika Burton, Amata SA
Today there are over 400 women from 26 Indigenous communities making spectacular contemporary fibre art. Tjanpi Desert Weavers is represented in national and international public and private art collections, has an extensive exhibition programme, and recently won the Women’s Impact Social Enterprise Award.
This International Women’s Day Tjanpi Desert Weavers urges people to be #BeBoldForChange, be aware of the struggles of women worldwide but also here in our own communities, and get behind organisations that are working towards advancing the opportunities of women.
Michelle Young 08 89582377 Tjanpi Desert Weavers Manager
Image caption Dianne Golding at bush camp near Warakurna Image copyright Tjanpi Desert Weavers
To support the work of Tjanpi Desert Weavers go to www.tjanpi.com.au
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Katangku kuruntu kulira kunpu palyanma Making strong work with a strong heart