National Summit 17 — 22 October 2021

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Straight Talk

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

National Summit 17 — 22 October 2021
Applications open 26 April — 17 July 2021

Straight Talk

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

National Summit 17 - 22 October 2021
Application open 26 April - 17 July 2021

What is Straight Talk?

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 two years. 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.

This year, the national summit will be
17 — 22 October.
Applications open 26 April — 17 July 2021.

10 years of achievement

Since its inception in 2009, the Straight Talk program has brought together more than 850 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 10 years, Straight Talk has successfully delivered nine national summits and regional gatherings in Perth, Alice Springs, Cairns, Nhulunbuy, Broome, Melbourne and Townsville.

Participants' stories

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

Rae Cottam

Brooke O’Donnell

Mayatili Marika

Contact our Straight Talk Team

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

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