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Save the Date – International Indigenous Women’s Convention  Sydney, October 2015

Save the Date – International Indigenous Women’s Convention Sydney, October 2015

The National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance (NATSIWA) is spearheading an international conference for Indigenous women around the world from 6-9 October 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

NATSIWA CEO Ms Dea Delaney-Thiele, a proud Dunghutti woman from Kempsey in New South Wales, said this is an exciting opportunity for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women and other Indigenous women from across the globe to meet and share what is working in their communities and to also advocate for more effective policies that work towards improving outcomes.

The Convention titled ‘Our Families, Our Communities – Nothing About Us Without Us’ will address key themes affecting Our Women including:

  • Violence Against Women and Children,
  • Women’s Leadership & Political Participation,
  • Economic Independence, and
  • Human Rights, including the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals)

This Convention is a great opportunity for Australian corporations to showcase their products and services internationally through sponsorship. Marketing and communications company, Dreamtime Public Relations has already taken up this opportunity and is supporting the Convention with a range of graphic design, web, public relations and marketing services.

NATSIWA Chairperson Ms Sandra Miller said it is also a proud moment for us as we have just gained status as a Charity, including Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) status through the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). This means any donations to our event over $2 are tax deductible. So I hope that corporate Australia will support us with this event, as we have not had an opportunity such as this for about 30 years … so it is timely, Sandra added.

A Call for Abstracts will be announced shortly. With the lead-time, the Convention is set to attract some of the world’s most influential Indigenous women to the stage.

Student Volunteers are very welcome to assist with organising the Convention. Please contact Sheilah Hure via email media@natsiwa.org.au if you are interested.

Ms Delaney-Thiele who is the main player behind the Convention has more than 25 years’ experience working within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector. She is very passionate about applying the principle of self-determination for Aboriginal communities at all levels, and has played a role in influencing health policy and health care delivery at a national and international level. It will be great to provide our Women a space to share stories from other communities and our invited international guest speakers, and have a time to reflect on what works and what doesn’t.

For more information, contact Ms Dea Delaney-Thiele, tel: 02 8805 2148, mob: 0448 123 444, email: ceo@natsiwa.org.au or see www.natsiwa.org.au

NATSIWA Convention Flyer