The women’s leadership team visiting the ALS office

The leadership women at the BHPB office in Perth learning about profit companies

Women leadership participants travel to Perth

The Martu Women’s Leadership Program had its first week-long study trip to Perth in August. Nine women from Jigalong, Nullagine, Newman, Parnngurr and Punmu attended the week and visited three major companies and organisations: Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS), BHP Billiton and the Herbert Smith and Freehills Law Firm. 

The women were given an introduction on how mainstream law works and the kind of support and advice they can get from the ALS and lawyers. They learnt how companies are structured and the different types of companies, i.e. not for profit and profit. One of the highlights of the week was the ALS supporting one of the Martu women, Vivienne Landy, to be part of a media press conference. This was a boost in confidence for Vivienne and for Martu generally, highlighting that they can speak up.

In addition to the above activities, the Martu women gained confidence in navigating around a big city, something that few of them get to do regularly. This involved catching public transport, taxis, trains and buses and eating out.