From 1909 to 1969, it was the official policy of the Australian government to forcibly remove the mixed race children of single Aboriginal women - many of whom were conceived by rape. The children were placed in orphanages and with church welfare groups, until the '50's when placement with white families became more mainstream. The justification for the policy was that Aboriginal women were incapable of raising their children properly. These children are now called the Stolen Generations.
The Aboriginal Protection Act took an estimated 1 in 10 Aboriginal children away from their single mothers. It was far less common for children from two parent families to be removed. No court order or allegations of neglect were needed - if the child had white blood, it was possible to breed the aboriginality out*. Although on the surface this appears primarily an issue of racism, the blanket assumption that Aboriginal women were incapable of raising their children alone was as intrinsically misogynistic as it was incorrect. And not much has changed.
Today in some remote Australian communities, statistics show that Indigenous women are 45 times more likely to be a victim of domestic violence than non-Indigenous women. In my state alone, Aboriginal women are 10 times more likely to be a victim of sexual assault than women of other races and are much less inclined to report sexual violence. Past policy has created an atmosphere of mistrust and segregation that pervades the entire Indigenous community, but women in particular.
In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Aboriginal people for the crimes committed against them. The prior government introduced wide scale alcohol and pornography bans for remote communities in the hope of ending the violence and sexual abuse of Indigenous women and children. It hasn't worked and it will continue to fail until the Australian government becomes serious about change, and begins to listen to what Aboriginal people want for themselves.
Aboriginal women want access to culturally sensitive resources and education for empowerment, without the burden of racist expectations. Australia needs to employ more female Indigenous police officers so that women feel comfortable in reporting the violence committed not only against them, but against their children. They want drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in remote areas to have Indigenous liaison officers, at the very least. It is the current government's responsibility to repair the damage done by their predecessors.
If the hatred or mistrust of women is deemed misogyny then so must the gross neglect of government and policy makers to take effective measures that stop the continued and sustained abuse of indigenous women. Oppression of a subset of women doesn't make the misogyny any less dangerous. In fact, I propose it is even more abhorrent; a combination of racist and sexist attitudes merging together to create and sustain a living hell for thousands of women. The Australian government's attitude towards Indigenous women is organised misogyny at it's worst.