Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women's Resource Centre is an inclusive, caring and innovative not for profit community organisation. The Centre is a welcoming and calming space. It offers peace and safety to the women of the Valley.
Formed in 1991 as the Marninwarntikura Women's Group, a Women's Shelter was opened in 1995 and in 2003 the resource Centre came into being. The Centre is a strong and powerful vocal advocate for the rights and dreams of the women from the Valley's five main language groups; Bunuba, Nyikina, Gooniyandi, Walmajarri and Wangkatjungka. It gives voice to the women's concerns and worries for their families, culture and country in the present and provides the tools and resources necessary to foster leadership and positive change in the future. It is a multi-layered internationally recognised organisation. Its various and vibrant units and programs range from social enterprise initiatives and art therapy and mentoring, child care, parent support, health education, community gardening, legal advice and political advocacy. The organisation is rising to the many difficult and complex challenges the community faces to bring to the fore the region's multilingual and cultural geography; the many exciting and meaningful possibilities for its future.
In recent years, the women's courageous and honest actions, to restrict the sale of full strength alcohol and conduct ground-breaking research into the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), have set a precedent for Indigenous and non-Indigenous led community development and change. Together, with the support and encouragement of Marninwarntikura, the women are securing long term cultural and economic empowerment for their children and the future of their communities. Their leadership will ensure that this extraordinary society remains safe, healthy, and culturally strong.