ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR NATSIWA
The AGM will be held in Brisbane on the 24th-25-26th November 2017. Further details of the venue will be sent out with the next few weeks.
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The new date for the Special General Meeting that was advertised to be held on 24th November 2017 was adjoined as we did not achieve a quorum. As per the Rule Book at 17, the Special General Meeting must be held within 14 days.
The meeting will be held by Teleconference on 8th December 2017 at:
Empowering Women to Advocate for Effective Policy
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) was established in 2009 to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women to have a strong and effective voice in the domestic and international policy advocacy process.
“To protect the health, human rights and fundamental freedoms that are significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women through cultural preservation, health education and coalition building.”
NATSIWA’s Vision will be achieved through our Guiding Principles that will remain cognizant of the needs, heath, wellbeing and development, and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women.
• Aboriginal strengths;
• The need for cultural understanding;
• The impact of racism and stigma;
• Recognition of the centrality of kinship;
• The impact of history in trauma and loss;
• Recognition of different needs of communities;
• The recognition of human rights and social justice;
• Universal access to basic health care, housing and education; and
• Equitable needs based funding.
Adopted from the National Aboriginal Health Strategy of 1989.
The National Women’s Alliances (the Alliances) represent over 180 women’s organisations from across Australia. They bring forward the views, voices and issues of Australian women and, in particular, women from marginalised and disadvantaged groups. The Alliances take the lead in ensuring that the voices of as many women as possible are heard, especially those who in the past have found it difficult to engage in advocacy and decision making.
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet commissioned an independent review of the Alliances in 2015. The review was conducted by KPMG and completed in March 2016.
KPMG found that the Alliance model is effective and recommended a range of improvements to strengthen the Alliances’ relationships with each other, with government and with the many and diverse women of Australia.
KPMG made seven recommendations:
- establish clearer links between the Australian Government’s priorities and the work of Alliances;
- clarify the role and purpose of the Alliances;
- define measurable and achievable outcomes;
- Adopt a risk-based approach to contract management;
- nurture a more strategic relationship between the Alliances and the Office for Women;
- encourage and support greater inter-Alliance collaboration.
- direct and support the Alliances to increase representation of marginalised women.
The Office for Women is working closely with the Minister for Women, and in consultation with the Alliances, to implement KPMG’s recommendations.
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PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
NATSIWA are doing the national call out for hygiene products for women and girls in remote areas. If you would like to send any donations or support this project email the firstname.lastname@example.org. This is one of the activity projects that NATSIWA are doing with University of Queensland. Please read the article below to find out more details of what is happening to our young girls and women in remote area in regards to this activity.
NATSIWA would like to thank Mura Kosker Sorority the women’s organisation in the Torres Strait based in Thursday Island for having NATSIWA support them in developing their own Domestic Violence Framework for the Torres Strait.
The Migration Women’s Alliance – (Harmony Alliance) invited the CEO of NATSIWA, Sandra Creamer to speak at the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity to the launches of the National Framework to Improve Accessibility to Australian Courts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Migrant and Refugee Women and the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals, both on Friday 20 October, in Canberra.
There were separate launches which are for two significant policy frameworks produced by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity (JCCD), which aim to improve the accessibility and provision of justice for all court users, regardless of their sex, race, religion, language or national or ethnic origin. Further details about these publications are available on the JCCD website.
NATSIWA is in the process of writing a basic legal information kit, which will be posted in the near future on the website.
Below is the list of activities and projects NATIWA will be involved in until end of the financial year 2018.
ACTIVITY PLAN FOR 2017/2018
NATSIWA 12 months activity plan is:
◦KEY ACTIVITY 1: To support a DV Framework in traditional language, incorporating traditional knowledge in the Torres Strait.
◦KEY ACTIVITY 2: Working with AWAVA – family law and family violence
◦KEY ACTIVITY 3: Reducing violence for Torres Strait Islander women
◦KEY ACTIVITY 4: The Action Plan Working Group – National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children.
◦KEY ACTIVITY 5: National Plan & Homeless Working group. The Action Plan Working Group
◦KEY ACTIVITY 6: Distribute feminine hygiene/sanitary products to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities