National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to have a strong and effective voice in the policy advocacy process. NATSIWA works to deepen the skills Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have in telling their stories, identifying solutions for individuals and communities, and advocating for powerful and long-lasting change. The strategic priorities of NATSIWA are:
- Women’s Leadership and Participation – To ensure and advocate for the principle of gender equality in governmental, social, cultural, economic, and political arena’s to support and engender the meaningful participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in all facets of civil and political policy making that impacts them.
- Human Rights To protect,defend and advance the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women in respect to all forms of violence.
- Coalition Building Develop strong and effective coalitions with all major stakeholders to achieve the above Strategic Priorities.
Photo of NATSIWA Directors, Patrons and Staff at the Indigenous Women’s Conference in Darwin September 2015:
Standing L-R: Leeanne Daley, Karin Williams (Chair) Denise Burdett (Staff)
Seated L-R: Jaime Cave, Ivy Trevallion, Vicky Welgraven, Tracey Currie-Dillon (CEO) Rosalie Kunoth -Monks (Patron), Jacki Huggins (Patron) and Dulcie Flower Absent: Mary Cowley
NATSIWA consults nationally with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women to build an evidence base to better inform, monitor and evaluate all policies that impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women. NATSIWA’s advocacy role informs government thinking on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women issues.