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.
View the report by going to this link:
Mary (Mariette) Cowley NATSIWA Chair takes out 2016 WA Seniors Award (Community Category). Congratulations Mary from NATSIWA!
2016 WA SENIORS AWARDS WINNERS
The other category winners are:
- Community Award – Mariette Cowley
- Arts and Culture Award – Jenny Davis
- Business Award – Garden City AMP (Capital Shopping Centres), Booragoon
- Group or Organisation Award – Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren
- Local Government Award – City of Wanneroo
- Deborah Kirwan Media Award – Claire Tyrell and Nic Ellis (The West Australian).
Community Award – Mary Cowley, 65
Mariette is an Aboriginal elder who was born in Broome and raised in Derby with a strong cultural connection with Bardi, Worrora and Ngarinyin country. She has spent her lifetime working to improve health, social and justice conditions for Aboriginal people. She is now living in Perth although she still has strong ties to the North-West of WA.
Mary is pictured here collecting her award with Daniel Morrison CEO of Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Services
Group photo of all the award winners with the WA Minister Paul Miles and other dignitaries