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.
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER WOMEN’S ALLIANCE
South Australian Government’s Domestic Violence Discussion Paper
9th September 2016
WOMEN’S TALKING CIRCLE: NATIVE TITLE CONFERENCE JUNE 2016
PLEDGES OF ACTION
On the first day of the conference the Women’s Talking Circle was facilitated by the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance who has partnered with the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies in supporting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women to make pledges that further empower them to contribute culturally and politically.
The women made three pledges regarding:
- Grandma’s Law and proper telling of history with inclusion of women’s perspectives.
- Initiating Treaty discussion that is women led.
- Aboriginal women’s history has not been recorded as factual evidence to be used in Australian court process in direct relation to native title outcomes.
NATSIWA commit to providing updates regularly against the progress of the pledges.
Call for Nominations for State/Territory/Torres Strait Islander Representatives to be elected as a Director on the NATSIWA Board.
New Directors to be announced and endorsed at:
Date: Wednesday 19th October 2016
Time: 4:30- 6:00pm
Venue: Minajalku Healing Place
11 Rossmoyne St, Thornbury, Melbourne
This memo is to advise you that in accordance with the Constitution of NATSIWA we are calling for dedicated members to nominate for the position of State/Territory/Torres Strait Island Representative as the elected Director of their jurisdiction for a three year period.
At the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 19th October 2016, there will be three (3) Directors’ position to be filled. The three (3) vacancies are the NT, SA, and QLD.
The election process will be via postal voting or electronic (internet) voting of which the independent Returning Officer will provide the results to the NATSIWA Board on the 18th October.
All NATSIWA members will receive, via mail or email, a ballot sheet and how to vote information together with the Notice of the AGM by the 29th September.
We are looking for members who can:
- commit to the NATSIWA,
- are passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Women’s issues
- can follow NATSIWA corporation’s rule book
- can be available for directors’ meeting
- read all the pre-meeting background papers as provided to you
- can develop an understanding of corporation’s financial position and
- are not afraid to ask a lot of questions—especially if some of the matters presented are complicated or unclear.