Queensland Voices Florence Drummond Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources

Queensland Voices: Florence Drummond, Indigenous Women in Mining & Resources

Florence Drummond Co-Founded Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA) to lead by example and raise the profile of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the mining and resources sector. The sector, as the second largest employer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, plays a pivotal role in influencing the narrative and supporting mechanisms that will empower real change.

Florence’s most recent travels to New York for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, as the only Torres Strait Islander woman, have led her to call for greater participation and visibility within this global forum. She believes influencing at this level will impact the communities in which she is passionate in nourishing towards better capacity and outcomes.

MOST PROUD OF

My recent participation at the UN CSW63, specifically my visibility as the only Torres Strait Islander women at the global Head Quarters of the United Nations and influencing the text particular to indigenous women, for negotiations being held between the 190 countries being represented.

Having experienced where change is ignited, I am sharing this experience with greater numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women at every opportunity. As “it always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela.

WHY I LOVE QUEENSLAND

I am a proud Queenslander! My Dauareb and Wuthathi heritage are the traditional custodians of the far north Queensland peoples. I live in Weipa, and the bucketlist of so many, the Telegraph Track, is my backyard. I proudly promote Australia abroad and as Weipa’s Australia Day Person, uphold my love for Queensland, Weipa and the beautiful Cape York Penninsula.

MY VISION FOR QUEENSLAND

Improving the quality of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Men in the mining and resources industry. A community where the scales of inclusion and diversity, in all its definition, are at the understanding and hand of informed and empowered people.

Reflecting on my experience at the UN CSW63, the accessibility to education will allow for greater understanding of the complexities of intersectionalities within our communities, at all levels. It will also encourage the actions of local solutions for local opportunities to improve our quality of living.

ADVICE FOR QUEENSLAND WOMEN

“Chase the big fish” as this takes courage, patience and persistence.

FEMECONOMY HAS PARTNERED WITH THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT’S OFFICE FOR WOMEN TO SHOWCASE QUEENSLAND WOMEN WHO ARE STRIVING TO CREATE GENDER EQUALITY.

Queensland is built by amazing Queenslanders. Every day women in Queensland are taking action to make Queensland safer for women, to help women’s health and wellbeing, to build women’s economic security and to increase women’s participation in the workforce and female leadership. Femeconomy is showcasing 20 women from across Queensland that are delivering the Queensland Government’s Women’s Strategy. 

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Mother, wife, daughter, determined dreamer. Lover of books. Background in Human Resources leadership in global organisations.