Empowering young Indigenous women in the West Pilbara

​Pilbara Girl is a Young Woman's Leadership Program targeted at Indigenous women between the ages of 16 and 25. Participants complete five days of workshops, which focus on professional development and deportment and grooming. The workshops culminate in a showcase fashion show.

Lisa-Marie Rodd was the winner of the 2013 Pilbara Girl. Today, Lisa-Marie is a Laboratory Analyst at the Woodside Burrup Materials Facility, and was a judge of the Pilbara Girl heat on Friday 15 July 2016 at the Tambrey Function Centre in Karratha.

"Pilbara Girl gave me a chance to learn about myself, dream big and never give up. It taught me role model skills, the importance of being a successful lady and most importantly, built my confidence and self-esteem up" said Lisa Marie.

"Judging the Pilbara Girl heat was the hardest thing I have had to do because all the girls were just fantastic. I was very impressed by how confident and beautiful the girls were and would love to be involved again".

"The Pilbara Girl program is now in full swing in Karratha. It's been going exceptionally well so far with many girls having already benefited from the self-esteem and leadership workshops" said Pilbara Girl Coordinator, Tamara Binamat.

"We have six girls from Hedland and nine from around Karratha including Roebourne, Wickham and Cheeditha Community. The heat on Friday 15 July was a successful event as all the girls are already showing how they have grown. Without the support of the North West Shelf Project none of these girls would experience this amazing program. We even have last year's Pilbara Girl winner Teeanne Brown who was the MC of the heat event."

Six of this years' Pilbara Girl participants will head to Broome in October for the Pilbara Girl final where one young lady will be the 2016 Pilbara Girl winner.

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The six Pilbara Girl participants: Kheylan Mitchell from Newman, Treinaya Phillips from Reobourne, Nikita Shaw from Wickham, Tanaya Stevens from Wickham, Shequarne Parker from Youngaleena and Jacinta Copin from Roebourne.

The North West Shelf Project has been a proud supporter of Pilbara Girl since 2012. The Pilbara Girl Program is delivered by Goolarri Media.

National Geographic is documenting the Pilbara and Kimberley Girl programs and a documentary is expected be aired in early 2017.

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