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Women's development project



The Women's development project has been operating in the Katherine east region since 2008 with four remote Aboriginal communities; Manyallaluk, Barunga, Wugularr and Bulman. The project has the overall goal of increasing the self-determination of women in the Jawoyn region. Key objectives developed to address this goal are:

The project has been evaluated using a participatory, strength's based approach. This evaluation focused on the processes implemented and resulting outcomes and was led by an external consultant, contracted by The Fred Hollows Foundation.

The project has made significant progress towards its goal, that the women be well placed to continue to strengthen this self determination. Evidence gathered shows that the project is achieving best practice in its project implementation and is meeting its stated objectives. The single most important impact has been the establishment of the Banatjarl Women's Council enabling women to take more control of issues that affect families in the region. In addition, the production of Kukumbat gudwan daga - really cooking good food cookbook has lead to better quality meals and enhanced food safety in the women's centres and in individual homes.

Abstract adapted from The Fred Hollows Foundation


Alison Rogers
Indigenous Australia Program
The Fred Hollows Foundation
Ph: (08) 89201400

Related publications

Women’s centres of Manyallaluk Gulin Gulin and Wugularr, Fred Hollows Foundation (2009)

Kukumbat gudwan daga: really cooking good food.

Batchelor, NT: Batchelor Press

Kukumbat gudwan daga: really cooking good food is a cookbook of up to 100 healthy recipes for feeding ten or more people.

The recipes are diverse, including traditional recipes such as kangaroo tail stew and introduced favourites such as spaghetti. Created by women from the women's centres of Manyallaluk, Gulin Gulin and Wugularr in conjunction with a chef and a nutritionist from the Fred Hollows Foundation, the cookbook uses local ingredients and provides step by step photographs. The recipes all give ingredients for cooking meals for 10 people, 30 people, 50 people or 100 people, meaning the user does not need to calculate ingredient amounts as is usually the case with regular cookbooks.

This resource is only available in hard copy, via the Batchelor Press Online Store. The cookbook comes with a DVD that includes some episodes from the TV series Shepherd's Pie with Auguie and Major.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Bower M, Rogers A (2014)

Banatjarl girls culture camp 2012: evaluation report.

Sydney: Fred Hollows Foundation

McMurray L (2012)

The Women's Development Project: Indigenous Australia Program: evaluation report.

Darwin, NT: The Fred Hollows Foundation

This evaluation report presents findings from the Women's development project (WDP) which began in 2008. The goal of the WDP was to increase self-determination of women in the Jawoyn region, with key objectives to increase: networking and communication; capacity building in communities; opportunities for livelihoods; and partnership building and sharing of knowledge.

The evaluation was conducted by an external consultant appointed by the Fred Hollows Foundation and covered four communities in the Jawoyn region including Manyallaluk, Barunga, Wugularr, and Bulman.

Findings from the evaluation were that significant progress had been made towards the WDP's goal for increased self-determination; and that the communities had the capacity to further strengthen their goals. The WDP was also found to be meeting stated objectives through best practice and contributing towards a sustainable environment.

The evaluation included recommendations for The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Jawoyn Association and Jawoyn Communities, and other stakeholders.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 11 July 2016
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