'We mark Survival Day 2017 with this series of comments on the painful death suffered by Ms Dhu in state custody. These statements by women from a range of countries coincide with the Women's Marches in Washington and sister marches across the world. They articulate solidarities against racist and gendered violence by the state. Ms Dhu's death and the failure of the court to respond with justice is one the most egregious instances of this violence.'

Carolyn Lewis, Hannah McGlade and Suvendrini Perera

 

JUDY ATKINSON

Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson a Jiman / Bundjalung woman, now retired, has focused on issues of violence trauma healing within Aboriginal families and communities since 1990, more particularly combining community based work with evidence based approaches that are helping change the epidemic of generational violence - trauma - incarceration, a colonial construct which needs urgent attention. Read statement...

ROSIE BATTY

Rosemary Anne "Rosie" Batty is an Australian domestic violence campaigner and the 2015 Australian of the Year.  Read statement...

DAWN BESSARAB

Dr Dawn Bessarab is a senior social worker and researcher who has 30 years’ experience and expertise in Aboriginal health and has worked in the areas of justice, alcohol and drug abuse, violence and community development. She is a strong advocate of social justice and human rights.

 

 

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ELIZABETH GRANT

Dr. Elizabeth Grant is an architectural anthropologist and Senior Research Fellow within the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Academic), who researches in collaboration with the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) and the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide.

 

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DEBBIE KILROY

Debbie Kilroy is a former Prisoner, Psychotherapist, practicing lawyer, Australian Human Rights Medal recipient, and CEO of Sisters Inside, a community organisation that advocates for the human rights of women in the Criminal Justice System. Debbie is a strong activist, locally, nationally and internationally, on issues relating to prison abolition. She is the first former prisoner in Australia to be admitted to practise law. 

 

 

 

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CAROLYN LEWIS

Carolyn Lewis is a Nanda/Widi woman, she is a relative of Ms Dhu and strongly believes enough is enough and that there needs to be change to ensure that our grandchildren will not endure extreme racist actions toward their children's children. Carolyn is a strong advocate for First Nations women's grassroots viewpoints in order to generate transformation of mindsets in an ever-changing community services environment. 

 

 

 

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MELISSA LUCASHENKO

Melissa Lucashenko is a prize-winning Goorie novelist from Brisbane. Her essay “Down and Out in Brisbane and Logan” won the 2013 Walkley Award for Long-form journalism. She is widely published.

 

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HANNAH MCGLADE

Dr. Hannah McGlade is the Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at Curtin University. A human rights lawyer and academic, Dr. McGlade is the chairperson of Aboriginal Family Law Service which supports Aboriginal victims of family violence in WA.

 

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PAORA CRAWFORD MOYLE

Paora Crawford Moyle is of Ngāti Porou and Welsh whakapapa, a social worker of 25 years, and is a grassroots activist against the incarceration of Indigenous children into the care of the NZ state. Paora is also a PhD student and lecturer in the school of social work at Massey University.

 

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JENNY MUNRO

Jenny Munro is a Kalare Wiradjuri Elder, community organiser and activist. She co- founded the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy and has been a long term Aboriginal Housing rights campaigner. In 2015 she was awarded the Eddie Mabo Award for Social Justice. She is currently the CEO of Mudgin-Gal, a unique service run by Aboriginal women, for Aboriginal women. Mudgin-Gal means ‘women’s place’.

 

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KIM PATE

Kim Pate is a Canadian Senator and women's advocate. She has spent the last 35 years working in and around Canadian legal and penal systems, advocating with and on behalf of prisoners. Before her appointment to the Senate she was the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS); a federation who provide services and work in coalition with marginalised women.

 

 

 

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SUVENDRINI PERERA

Suvendrini Perera is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor in the School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts at Curtin University and the lead investigator on the ARC funded project, “Deathscapes: Racialised Violence in Settler Societies”

 

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SHERENE RAZACK

Sherene H. Razack is Distinguished Professor and Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Women's Studies at UCLA. She is author of Dying for Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody.

 

 

 

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NICOLE WATSON

Nicole Watson is a member of the Mununjali and Birri Gubba peoples. She is employed as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney.

 

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JANA L. WALKER

Jana L. Walker, Cherokee/Loyal Shawnee/Delaware, is a senior attorney for the Indian Law Resource Center, a nonprofit law and advocacy organization in Helena, Montana that provides assistance to Indian nations and other indigenous peoples who are working to protect their human rights, lands, resources, environment, and cultural heritage.  

 

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