Aboriginal women from throughout WA gather for Straight Talk

Campaigns and Advocacy, Indigenous Affairs, Media Releases, News article written on the 27 Mar 2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women of all ages and backgrounds from across the state will converge in Perth this week to learn how to change their communities for the better at Oxfam’s inaugural Straight Talk Regional Gathering in WA.

Women from remote communities and country towns will join others from Perth to gain a better understanding of the political system and how they can use it in their efforts to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The regional gathering is one of a number to be held throughout the country this year.

After workshops on developing strategies and tools for bringing about change, the 15 women will meet with State Parliamentarians from all sides of politics for a breakfast at Parliament House on Thursday.

The participants will bring their commitment to stronger communities and the range of issues concerning them to the ears of politicians whom they hope will gain a better understanding of the challenges facing Indigenous peoples.

Oxfam’s Straight Talk coordinator Karrina Nolan said the participants were an outstanding group of women who already were working to achieve change in their communities.

“We aim to strengthen these women’s ability and confidence to work with parliamentarians and other decision-makers to bring about change in the future,” Ms Nolan said.

“Straight Talk supports women to share their stories and skills in an effort to make healthier, safer and stronger communities.”

 For interviews or more information contact Laurelle Keough on 0409 960 100 or laurellek@oxfam.org.au