|Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program|
30 November 2009
The first NCOSS Indigenous Women’s Leadership Program, specifically for Aboriginal women working in the community sector, has been successfully completed by seven outstanding women.
Developed by NCOSS, in partnership with Tranby Aboriginal College, the leadership program was designed for Aboriginal women serving on Boards of Management of community services, as well as those working as managers of services.
The aim was to support and develop the leadership skills of these women.
According to the program facilitator Cara Kirkwood, ‘the research over the past decade has shown that Aboriginal women take on significant responsibility for the well-being of their communities but remain chronically under-represented in formal positions of influence. We want to change this and this program is step in the right direction.”
A unique feature of the program was the inclusion of a series of guest speakers, all Aboriginal women who are leaders in their fields.
Catherine Mahony from NCOSS gratefully acknowledged the generous contribution of the guest speakers, whose advice, wisdom and expertise greatly the enhanced the programme.
The guest speakers included:
This pilot program, funded by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet , is an important initiative and NCOSS and Tranby are keen to provide program to more Aboriginal women in the future.
Bill Pritchard, NCOSS Board member and Executive Officer of ABSEC, believes the program has clearly demonstrated its value and should be delivered to more Aboriginal women in rural and regional communities across NSW.
“This innovative program can bring real benefits to the governance of our social services and our communities; it’s about developing the capacity of our greatest strength- Aboriginal women. "
Congratulations to the successful graduates:
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