#Centrestage Celebrates Indigenous Women Leaders on International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019
Meet the highly engaging Natasha Short, a local descendant of the Jaru people of Halls Creek, in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Natasha is the founder and owner of Kimberley Jiyigas (Birds), which is a collective social enterprise business, made up of empowered local Indigenous women representing different language groups in the region, working to create positive social change.
Natasha has dedicated the last 25 years working predominantly in Indigenous Community Development, while raising two children, both now teenagers with her husband. Natasha took the brave and wonderful leap to found Kimberley Jiyigas only several short months ago, and already the business is taking flight!
Some of the inspiring work Natasha and her team do includes facilitating workshops, leadership development, applying cultural intelligence, delivering mentoring, translation and interpreting services for local languages and event management. Whilst Natasha is clearly a strong leader with a vision for future generations, she is naturally family and community focused, and promotes the significant work and contributions of her team, and the collective Indigenous women of the region with !
Natasha is driven by a strong sense of fairness, about how people of the Kimberley region have been mistreated in the past, and she advocates to the Australian Government to recognise and acknowledge that a great distance needs to be travelled to bring about healing in Indigenous communities.
Natasha has a number of women she looks up to for guidance and advice. This includes not only business advisors, but also the incredibly resilient and inspirational Aboriginal women in her team and community.
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