VOICES for Change 3: Tiddas Day Event
In 2019, Zig Zag Young Women’s Resource Centre Inc was the successful recipient of the Myer Community Fund Board grant.
The V.O.I.C.E.S (Videos Of Ideas, Collective Experiences and Stories) for Change 3 Project engaged young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to develop age appropriate and culturally relevant digital print resources to be used for the prevention of domestic and family violence and sexual violence.
The Project took some unexpected twists and turns due to the onset of the COVID19 pandemic in 2020 and a highly successful outcome was the creation of a Tiddas Day event, with a commitment to the further development to create this day as an annual event.
Zig Zag, Sister’s Inside, Digital Storytellers, Yarraka Bayles (cultural facilitator) and a number of First Nations’ organisations and business providers, including Murri Menu collaborated to deliver the first Tiddas Day event for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at Jagera Community Hall in Meanjin (Brisbane) on the 24 May 2021. The event focused on celebrating and engaging young First Nations’ women, through a range of self-nurturing activities and wellbeing services including massage, nails, and hair braiding, succulent planting, rock painting, and an amazing lunch; that also enabled young women increased access to essential information and support services.
The Tiddas Day Event also provided an opportunity for young women to gain knowledge, skills and techniques in Digital Storytelling and to share important messages and stories through digital media, with a follow up workshop at Camp Hill, with young women participants interested in continuing filming and production.
The grant provided a unique opportunity for Zig Zag to develop a youth friendly, culturally relevant, digital and print resources to promote important community messages developed by young women for young women and the community, for the prevention of sexual violence against young women.
We would like to acknowledge the courage shown by these young women in speaking up and speaking out on sexual violence.
The digital and print resources will be easily accessed through our website or please contact us directly to discuss further distribution needs. Zig Zag will further promote and distribute this essential peer resource within our community education and violence prevention activities undertaken throughout the year.