Antoinette Braybrook is a very proud Aboriginal woman who works hard and fights to protect the rights of Aboriginal women and children. She was born in Victoria on Wurundjeri country and her grandfather and mother’s line is through the Kuku Yalanji, North Queensland. She joins Natasha on this very special edition of Standing Strong Together to celebrate women in Leadership for International Women’s Day 2021
For almost 15 years Antoinette Braybrook has held positions in organisation and she works tirelessly in these many roles to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. She is the CEO of Djirra an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation which provides holistic, culturally safe and specialist legal and non-legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who experience family violence – predominantly women here in Victoria. For the past 15 years, Antionette also works as the CEO Family Violence Prevention Legal Services in Victoria (FVPLS), and is also national convenor of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (NFVPLS) which comprises 14 organisations that provide specialist, culturally safe legal services and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims and survivors of family violence across Australia.
Before all of this Antoinette Braybrook was a lawyer working in Victoria’s Department of Justice on the Aboriginal justice agreement. Studying law as a mature aged student, Antoinette reveals to us in this interview how difficult this was and the obstacles that she faced as a young Indigenous woman. Not finding school easy and leaving at the tender age of 15, Antoinette had to work extremely hard to get her law degree but something that she is proud of and has never looked back.
Join us on this Standing Strong Together podcast to hear Antoinette’s truly inspiring story.