History of Hey Sis

The Aboriginal Women’s Sexual Assault Network was borne out of collaboration between Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation and Rape& Domestic Violence Services Australia (formerly NSW Rape Crisis Centre). 

The network seeks to bring together Aboriginal women who are working against sexual assault in their communities, or who would like to stand strong and support others in their communities who have experienced or been impacted by sexual assault. 

Through sharing stories and knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, through the provision of culturally appropriate training, and through working together to develop and implement initiatives to prevent sexual assault at the community level, the network aims to reduce the rates of sexual assault in Aboriginal communities.

Since it was launched, there have been eleven meetings of the network in Sydney Metro,Northern, Southern and Western regions of NSW: 

  • 22-23 October 2012 – Metro (Maroubra)
  • 4-5 April 2013 – South (Bateman’s Bay)
  • 28-29 May 2013 – West (Moree)
  • 6-7 June 2013 – North (Lismore)
  • 14-15 October 2013 – West (Orange)
  • 8 November 2013 – Metro (Mt Druitt) 
  • 14-15 October 2014 - Metro (Campbelltown)
  • 24-25 February 2015 - Metro (Redfern)
  • 3-4 March 2015 - West (Broken Hill)
  • 4-5 May 2015 - North (Newcastle)
  • 29-30 June 2015 - South (Nowra)


Launchof the 'Hey Sis' Network

TheAboriginal Women’s Sexual Assault Network "Hey Sis, we've got yourback", was launched on Thursday 20th September, at Parliament House.

FollowingWelcome to Country by Aunty Donna Ingram, SophieCotsis MP, Shadow Minister for the Status of Women officially launched the network,congratulating project partners, Mudgin-Gal Aboriginal Corporation and NSWRape Crisis Centre for“bringing together experts in sexual violence support services and Aboriginalwomen's health” to meet the needs of Aboriginal women.

DixieLink-Gordon, CEO of Mudgin-gal Aboriginal Corporation spoke passionately aboutsupporting those strong Aboriginal women who are talking about and standing upagainst sexual violence.

"Theformation of this Network reflects the determination of Aboriginal women tostop sexual assault... There is a real feeling that by working together,Aboriginal women can and will achieve a significant reduction in this violencein our communities” 
Dixie Link-Gordon

“This project is a 30+ year generational change commitment to support Aboriginal women to continue working against sexual violence...we’re in this for the long haul” 
Karen Willis

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