'Hear us, see us': a plea to the UN for Indigenous women

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the Guardian—June Oscar tells of trauma, discrimination, and the link between jailing mothers and child removal The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner has used a speech to the UN in Geneva to demand the federal government take action on the rising rates of Aboriginal women in jail. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women represent 2% of Australia’s female population but make up 34% of all women in prison, June Oscar told the Human Rights Council on Friday. Continue reading

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