Pair’s visit to Can­berra to aid change

Broome Advertiser - - News - Sarah Ison

Two Broome res­i­dents were among the 22 Abo­rig­i­nal women from WA who trav­elled to Can­berra re­cently as part of Ox­fam Aus­tralia’s Straight Talk Na­tional Sum­mit, with the hope of build­ing pos­i­tive change in Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties around the coun­try.

Run­ning from Sun­day, Novem­ber 25, un­til Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29, the sum­mit com­prised more than 70 women who took part in small group meet­ings with politi­cians, at­tended Ques­tion Time and shared in each other’s ex­pe­ri­ences.

Alarna Ma­her, a Yawuru, Bard and Jabirr woman, was in­spired to ap­ply af­ter at­tend­ing the re­gional Straight Talk in the Kim­ber­ley last year.

“Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple share learn­ings through sto­ries, so this (was) a chance to hear about our suc­cesses and lessons from women in other re­gions, and then build­ing on that, in­stead of start­ing from square one,” she said.

Rayleen Coun­sil­lor at­tended the sum­mit for the first time.

The sum­mit aims to help par­tic­i­pants learn about the po­lit­i­cal process and build on their skills to cre­ative pos­i­tive change in their com­mu­ni­ties.

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