a report strong women on country launched on thursday said the case for increasing the numbers involved in the work was `compelling`.there are 831 full-time equivalent indigenous ranger jobs, funded through the federal government ranger program. that provides work for more than 2500 people when casual, part-time and full-time positions are taken into account.the rangers play a vital part in protecting nature and cultural heritage. photo: annette ruzickatheir work covers more than 67 million hectares – 10 times the size of tasmania - which has been given the status of indigenous protected areas.anderson said: `the examples [in the report] are an exciting and positive glimpse of what indigenous women are achieving already, and there is so much more to do, so much more country to manage, so much need to sustain our cultural connections and local communities.`now more than ever, we need to recognise the value of strong women on country and expand our vision to match their commitment, resilience and optimism to deliver a stronger andhealthier australia for us all.`the report states a recent national survey `found 55 per cent of indigenous women cited no jobs in local area or line of work` or `no jobs at all` as a barrier to finding employment. in remote areas, this figure was 66 per cent. indigenous ranger jobs address this barrier with real jobs thatpeople are proud to do.professor pat dudgeon is a bardi woman of the kimberly area who co-chairs the ministerial aborigin...