Women of the world descend on Katherine

Updated September 23, 2013 15:47:48

Ladies from all walks of life are heading to the Top End town of Katherine today, to attend the 'Women of the World' festival.

Its a global event which celebrates the achievements of women, while also examining the challenges they face in everyday life.

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Among the guest speakers are a group of local Jawoyn women, who have established a bush foods project at the Banatjarl family and healing centre, south of Katherine.

Diana Bruce, from Barunga, says produce grown in the garden is used for a range of purposes.

"We are planting a garden, with bush medicine, bush fruit and bush colour," she said.

"When our kids are sick, we come and get the bush medicine and boil it, when they are sick with the flu.

"But it is for women, no men!"

Horticultural consultant Boronia Saggers has helped the ladies establish the garden, and says there are plans to expand it during the upcoming wet season.

"As with all gardens, it is always evolving," she said.

"So this wet season we will go on a lot of missions to dig up plants and keep planting all different species in here.

"We go all around, Manyallaluk, Barunga and Beswick and yeah, where anyone wants to go."

The women use produce from the garden during their stays at Banatjarl, while also teaching their children about traditional bush foods.

Ms Saggers says there has been no shortage of helpers with the project, and it is something the women are very proud of.

"It is what the ladies wanted and identified as a main priority for the Banatjarl women's group," she said.

"So everyone is very excited about this place."

The 'Women of the World' festival starts at 6.00pm at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre in Katherine.

Topics:rural, land-management, agricultural-crops, bush-tucker, gardening, indigenous-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander, katherine-0850

First posted September 20, 2013 12:47:38

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