Publication Details

K. Senior (2003). Boyfriends, babies and basketball: present lives and future aspirations of young women in Ngukurr. North Australia Research Unit Seminar Series: 'Current Indigenous Issues', Darwin, 6th June.


In the rhetoric of Aboriginal communities, young people are frequently positioned by adults as the key to future improvements. They talk about a time when the young people will be trained to take over the important positions in the community and there will be no more need for outsiders. In community development women are often considered to be the most important facilitators of change, as Sen (1999:203) writes: Nothing arguably, is as important today in the political economy of development as an adequate recognition of political, economic and social participation and leadership of women.