2019 - A proud Gidja/Djaru Woman
Deborah Evans is a proud Gidja/Djaru woman who takes her cultural responsibilities as an Elder seriously. She worked and studied, graduating from QUT and then University of Queensland with degrees in Early Childhood Education, Educational Studies and post grad qualiﬁcation in Special Needs and Adult literacy and Numeracy whilst raising 4 children alone.
She has held numerous Ministerial appointments in the ACT all of which have allowed her to raise the issues Indigenous women and children face in everyday life.
Deborah founded Tjillari Justice some years ago because of her concerns about the rising incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people especially the number of women, many of whom are mothers. She believes building strong families through empowering women (mothers, grandmothers and kinship carers) and addressing the trauma children experience when a parent is incarcerated is the way forward to reducing the high incarceration rates. Her belief in this approach and her commitment to change has rubbed oﬀ on the many volunteers who work for Tjillari Justice, nearly all of whom are women and range in age from 18-64 years. This has amounted to over 20 women many of them have gone on to paid employment or promotions in their jobs because of the training and support Deborah has provided.