Kimberley Girl was introduced to the Kimberley Region in 2004 as a valuable initiative targeting young Indigenous women between the ages of 16 and 25. Structured workshops and showcase events address contemporary issues, helping participants to overcome the impact of social, economic and isolation disadvantages and brings the community together in a celebratory capacity.
The opportunity to participate in Kimberley Girl is already a significant achievement for many of the program’s participants and since 2004 hundreds of young women have taken part in Kimberley Girl and its sister program Pilbara Girl.
Kimberley and Pilbara Girls representation:
- Western Australian Fashion Week
- L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
- Melbourne Fashion Week
- Australian Fashion Week
- New York Fashion Week
- G'day USA in Los Angeles
- The National Museum of Australia in Canberra
- Youth Leadership Programs throughout Australia and overseas
- Fashion magazines and catalogues
- Short films
- Social media campaigns targeted at Indigenous youth
- They have also won state and national awards for the mentorship and leadership roles they play in their community.
After participating in the Kimberley Girl program participants are left with increased self awareness and are exposed to new and different life styles and opportunities, returning to their communities as positive role models among their peers and family members.
Provide young Indigenous women from the Kimberley and Pilbara region with valuable educational activities and opportunities which directly address their needs in the areas of contemporary Indigenous culture, mental and physical health, positive lifestyles work readiness and leadership values whilst minimising the effects of social, economic and geographical isolation.
Promote understanding and respect for the Indigenous Culture from the wider community by representing Indigenous people in a positive and contemporary environment aiding the overall process of reconciliation.