Straight Talk connects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with the political system and builds the capacity of women as change makers. With a focus on practical tools and confidence, Straight Talk brings people together to share, learn and be effective in making a difference.
The program includes opportunities for relationship-building between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and parliamentarians, information-sharing and developing strategies for change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
For the past seven years the Straight Talk program has brought together more than 600 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from across the nation to Canberra and to regions throughout the country to learn about Australia’s political system and form powerful networks with each other and with women of Federal and State Parliament. Straight Talk focuses on developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s skills to make positive changes through political engagement, while also increasing engagement in public and political life.
The most recent National Summit was held from 6 – 10 November 2016, in Canberra. Participant Shelly Cable, reflected on her experience at the Summit in her blog, emphasizing that as an Indigenous woman, she has the experience and ability to make change on a national scale.
For any further information, email Rebecca Harnett or call (02) 8204 3967.
Straight Talk Regional Gatherings
The Straight Talk program also holds regional gatherings. These gatherings provide an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences with each other and work together to develop strategies to share information around common issues, and develop ideas that can be shaped into concrete positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The gatherings built on the National Summit, delivering workshops on a range of community and campaign related skills specific to the local context in which they are delivered, providing an opportunity to go into detail about solutions, or innovative programs at a community level.
So far the program has held gatherings in Perth, Alice Springs, The Torres Strait, Nhulunbuy, Melbourne and Cairns.
Straight Talk Partnerships
In May this year Straight Talk partnered with the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) to run a pilot program to connect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women with their local council. More than 15 women attended Your Community, Country and Council, a 2 day workshop that focused on how a local council works and what it takes to be a local councillor.