Professor Larissa Behrendt

Topic: Strong Women; Strong Communities; Empowering Indigenous Women to Overcome Disadvantage

Larissa emphasised the point that women are the main change agents in cohesive Aboriginal communities. She expressly spoke to the schoolgirls present, praising Jessie Street as a marvellous role model.  Contrasting their opportunities with the persistence of Aboriginal disadvantage despite generations of professed white determination to wipe it out, she shared her reflections on attacking this problem.