Zohl de Ishtar

Zohl de Ishtar


The Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre is one of Australia’s most remote women centres, and a core provider of Law (ceremonial) and Culture (custom) activities and training for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous women from across the Kimberley, throughout Australia, and around the world.

It is located in the south-eastern Kimberley on the edge of Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. If you draw a direct line between Alice Springs and Broome it is situated at the halfway mark.

Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre is the initiative of the Indigenous women of Balgo/Wirrimanu Aboriginal Community. It was established by the Women Elders to support them maintaining their Law (philosophy) and Culture (customs) and teaching their cultural knowledge to their younger generations.

This blog is kept by Dr Zohl de Ishtar who has lived and worked with the Women Elders since 1999. She is the founding-coordinator of the Kapululangu Aboriginal Women’s Law and Culture Centre. And is now its Executive Director.

Irish-Australian by heritage, Zohl has worked and lived with Indigenous Australian and Pacific women and their communities since 1979. A sociologist with a PhD in Women’s Studies, she is the author of the pioneering books Daughters of the Pacific (1994), and Holding Yawulyu: White Culture and Black Women’s Law (2005).

As a consequence of her work with Indigenous peoples and her anti-nuclear education work, she was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 by the Swiss-based 1000 Women for Peace initiative and is a member of the resulting network of the 1000 “Peace Women Across the Globe”.

You can contact Kapululangu through kapululangu.women.centre@gmail.com

You can contact Dr Zohl de Ishtar at zohldeishtar@gmail.com
And you can order Zohl’s books through spinifexpress.com.au

Map of Balgo

Map of Balgo


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