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Ending the violence in Indigenous communities
Urgent action is need to address the epidemic of violence in Indigenous communities. Aboriginal women are between 37 and 80 times more likely to experience family violence than non-Indigenous women. For too long, the voices of the victims of domestic violence have been oppressed and silenced.
As part of the ongoing advocacy to address this issue, The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) Indigenous Research Program is pleased to present the voices of three outspoken and fearless Aboriginal women, Professor Marcia Langton AM, Councillor Jacinta Price and Lawyer and businesswomen, Josephine Cashman who will talk about their personal experiences with family violence, and the policy and community levers that could rapidly decelerate high rates of violence.
Jacinta Price is an elected member of the Alice Springs Council. She is a Warlpiri/Celtic woman who has grown up in Alice Springs.
Councillor Price is passionate about improving the lives of indigenous children, addressing tough issues such as domestic violence and helping build a unified community.
She has also performed various professional roles within the Arts, including Assistant Curator at the Araluen Galleries, Assistant Curator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and Project Manager at Desart. She has worked as a Cross Cultural Consultant for the past 17 years.
Councillor Price has co-produced and performed as part of the indigenous children’s television program Yamba’s Playtime for seven years. She is currently the co-founder and director of Yangapi Productions, which produces the popular children’s TV series.
Councillor Price is passionate about music and is a nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter who has performed to audiences around Australia since 1996.
Professor Marcia Langton AM
Professor Marcia Langton AM is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.
She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art.
Her roles in the Empowered Communities project under contract to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, are evidence of Professor Langton’s academic reputation, policy commitment and impact, alongside her role as a prominent public intellectual.
Her 2012 Boyer Lecture titled ‘The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom’ is just one of her contributions to public debate.
In 1993 she was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work in anthropology and the advocacy of Aboriginal rights. Professor Marcia Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College at The University of Queensland. In 2016 Professor Langton is honoured as a University of Melbourne Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor.
Josephine Cashman is a Worimi entrepreneur from New South Wales. She is a lawyer, business woman and social entrepreneur with more than 17 years of experience working to create rapid business, social and economic growth for Indigenous communities around Australia.
In 2013, Josephine was appointed by the Prime Minister to the Indigenous Advisory Council and serves as Chair of its Safe Communities Committee. She also sits on the Board of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. As a lawyer with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and a Bachelor of Laws and Communications (Journalism) from UTS, Josephine worked for more than nine years in the Australian courts, and has worked in consultancy and voluntary roles for a variety of private, public and non-profit sector organisations.
As founder of Riverview Global Partners Pty Ltd, Josephine identifies and nurtures key relationships that attract and drive economic opportunities into Indigenous communities as a means of creating a better Australia for all. Josephine is a lateral thinker. She is an innovator who focusses her expertise in business, negotiation and engagement on real outcomes that meet the diverse practical needs of Indigenous communities. She is passionate about encouraging the Indigenous youth of Australia to become future leaders.