NPY Women’s council is led by women’s law, authority and culture to deliver health, social and cultural services for all Anangu.

In 1980 NPY Women’s Council began as an advocacy body based on the need for Anangu women to have a voice and representation in conversations on land rights, policy and cultural affairs of the late 70’s and early 80’s.

In 1993 NPYWC was funded to provide services, recognizing the strength of supporting women and children for the benefit of the whole community.

NPYWC is now a leader in the provision of human services in the NPY region. Proudly Anangu led, NPYWC is governed and directed by Aboriginal women across 26 desert communities in the cross-border regions of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory – an area covering 350,000 sq km.

NPY Women’s Council provide the following services :

Youth Services

Child & Family Wellbeing Service

Tjungu Aged & Disability Service

Domestic & Family Violence Service

Tjanpi Desert Weavers Social Enterprise

Ngangkari Traditional Healing

This painting tells the story of how the NPY Women’s Council was started in 1980. I made a cassette tape and sent it around to all the communities for women to listen to. The black line going around the painting with the white marks is the cassette travelling around to all the women in communities.

All the women listened to that cassette about the idea of starting up a Women’s Council. They sat down and talked together.

Then we all came together at Kanpi to have our first meeting together.

That is the big circle in the middle with all us women sitting around.

This was the first time we came together, all us Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra, Yankunytjatjara women.

Mantatjara Wilson (dec)