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NATSIWA Protect and advance the wellbeing and rights
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

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NATSIWA Protect and advance the wellbeing and rights
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

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NATSIWA Protect and advance the wellbeing and rights
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

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of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

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NATSIWA Protect and advance the wellbeing and rights
of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

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.

CALLING FOR APPLICATION FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR NATSIWA FROM ALL STATES AND TERRITORIES.
If you would like to be on the board of NATSIWA , applications will be called from 7th September 2017, closing on 21st September 2017.
Voting for those nominations will be from the 29th September 2017 to the 6th October 2017, NATSIWA has now appointed Corpvote to oversee the voting process.
Applications for new members has not closed, we are accepting applications but they are now not eligible to vote.
If you require any further information please email chair@natsiwa.org.au

CHANGES TO VOTING DATE AND INFORMATION ON VOTING.
After consideration and consultation NATSIWA decided to go with Corpvote to oversee the voting for Directors, this is because they had overseen the process for voting last year 2016.

Voting will be via the postal vote only. NATSIWA in consultation with Corpovte have now changed the timeline to extend the voting period from the 29th September to the 27th October 2017. The first indication was from the 29th September to the 6th October 2017, this was a tight timeline and we had to take in consideration of how long Australia Post will deliver, this is because ordinary mail can take up to 6 days in rural areas.

All votes are to be returned directly in the ‘reply envelope’ to Corpvote and they will do the counting of votes from each State and Territory, they will then inform NATSIWA between the 31st October and the 3rd November 2017, NATSIWA will then announce the names of the newly elected Directors.

In each envelope members will receive, the voting form, information and profile of those members who have nominated to be a Director from their State or Territory and a reply-paid envelope. Members are to tick only one box for who they want as the Director.

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.

Our Vision
“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.”

Guiding Principles
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.

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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:

https://www.dpmc.gov.au/news-centre/office-women/review-national-womens-alliances

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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

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NATSIWA Welcomes interest and support from both individual and/or professional organisations offering pro bono support. If you or your organisation have professional services to offer in assisting our Alliance please contact us.