An Aboriginal-led Leadership Program Empowering Indigenous Female Changemakers

Yanalangami is about creating a culturally safe space for women to share, connect, learn, heal and grow together. The program has been carefully created with and for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women, bringing our passions and voices together to build networks of strength that support and grow strong women.

The Yanalangami program celebrates the many achievements of our women throughout Australia. In doing so, we shine a spotlight on and further empower the deadly women making positive change happen within their communities through their cultural ways of knowing, being, valuing and doing.

We know that our communities thrive when Indigenous women have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and their goals, to connect, create and inspire others.

In Australia we need more Aboriginal women supported and achieving their goals towards equality and social justice to make sustainable change occur. Our Yanalangami sisterhood demonstrates that culture, leadership, confidence, healing and connection to positive Aboriginal female networks, are essential to this process.

Alignment with the Wiyi Yani U Thangani(Women’s Voices) Report

Tranby’s Yanalangami: Strong women, Strong Communities program is closely aligned with the strength-based framework of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) approach to human rights. By seeking to empower women’s leadership on the ground, through culturally safe methods and holistic approaches to healing, the Yanalangami program aligns with the Wiyi Yani U Thangani report across the four major cross-cutting themes of:

            • Women’s leadership and self-determination;
            • Healing from intergenerational trauma;
            • Lore, law, language, and culture as a key determinant of health and wellbeing; and
            • Recognising First Nations’ women unpaid work and addressing social and economic structures that have led to structural powerlessness and poverty.

In 2021 The Yanalangami: Strong Women, Strong Communities program connected with Dr June Oscar and her team at the Australian Human Rights Commission. In a special community yarning circle, Aunty June Oscar heard from some of our Changemakers about their journey and their dreams for community change in Australia. It was a powerful evening that solidified the importance of this program to empower our women and strengthen our communities.

“To the Yanalangami Changemakers can I just say, WOW…I have been completely blown away learning about your journey and I congratulate you all on making this investment to yourselves and your communities….
May the seeds that you are sewing, strengthen your drive to actualise your dreams of change.. because they are my dreams too”

June Oscar AO, Proud Bunuba Woman
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, AHRC


Read more about our advancement for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) Report here.

In line with the 2022 International Women’s Day theme, #notyourstereotype, Yanalangami will showcase our tiddas, Aunties and Indigenous female changemakers to highlight the incredible diversity, resilience and strength of our community female leaders.

These sovereign Indigenous women are making change happen around Australia. Yanalangami is here to celebrate their voices and stories, to share the truth of our women and most importantly, to inspire other Indigenous girls and women to trust in their power and ground in their culture.

Yanalangami National Online Program – Applications opening 8 March 2022