Our hearts are very sad at the passing of our former chair Mary Cowley, NATSIWA sends their deepest condolences to Mary’s family, Mary will be laid to rest today, 9th February 2017.
Mary had proudly served as the Chairperson of NATSIWA for a number of years and we thank her for her wonderful leadership, integrity, knowledge, vision, cultural knowledge and her passion for supporting our woman was incredible and always much appreciated. Throughout her career Mary had held many senior positions in government as she knew that’s where she needed to be to effect change for our people. But she never lost sight of supporting local community Aboriginal organisations particularly those supporting woman, she was also the former CEO of Aboriginal Family Law Services and had been a former Chairperson of the newly named Wungening Aboriginal Corporation and would have been incredibly proud of the new consortium announced this week.
Mary you earned your wings a beloved champion and a fighter for her people, women and children. Deepest sympathy to the family.
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.
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