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Straight Talk

Supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to make positive changes through political engagement. 

Straight Talk connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with Australia’s political system, building their capacity as change makers. With a focus on practical tools, connection and confidence, Straight Talk empowers First Nations women to make positive change through political and public engagement.

The Straight Talk program includes a national summit in Canberra every 18 months. Participants engage with the federal political system while forming powerful networks with each other and the women of parliament. On alternate years, a regional summit brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women together with others from their region. The most recent summit was held in August this year. More than 50 First Nations women made Canberra their home for a week while building on skills and knowledge, connecting to the political system, meeting female federal politicians, and learning tools for change. 

Participants’ stories

Three Straight Talk alumni share their experience taking part in Straight Talk

Rae Cottam
Brooke O’Donnell
Mayatili Marika

13 years of achievement

Since its inception in 2009, the Straight Talk program has brought together more than 900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the nation. Following their participation in Straight Talk many of these women have ascended into higher decision-making duties. In 13 years, Straight Talk has successfully delivered nine national summits and regional gatherings in Perth, Alice Springs, Cairns, Nhulunbuy, Broome, Melbourne, Thursday Island, Townsville. 

Contact our Straight Talk Team​

Any questions? Contact the Straight Talk team on email womenbusiness@oxfam.org.au, call 1800 088 110 or use the form below.

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