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Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program commences

23 August 2017

Ten women leaders from the Torres Strait commenced the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program on Monday 21 August 2017.

This program is specifically for Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal women in the Torres Strait Region, and aims to develop their capacity for leadership and increasing the number of women in decision making roles.

This is the fourth year of the program which is a collaborative project between the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF).

“The success of this program is evident in the past graduates, who have stepped up to take on leadership roles in the Torres Strait,” said Philippa Woodhill, Manager: Partner relations and program facilitator from the ARLF.

This first of three sessions, focuses on understanding self and others to develop as leaders. The collaboration with the facilitators from the Torres Strait and the shared learning which occurs makes this program unique.

“We value the opportunity to learn through shared experiences with these Torres Strait women,” said Philippa.

The ARLF would like to acknowledge Michelle Deshong, ARLF Fellow, for her lead on this program.

The second session will take place in Canberra in October 2017, followed by the final session and graduation ceremony in the Torres Strait in November 2017.


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Left to right: Back row – Philippa Woodhill – ARLF Facilitator, Charlotte Wasaga, Wilhelmina Bann, Chelsea Aniba, Mable Wahlit, Eltricia Ahmat, Nicole Assan.

Left to right: Front Row – Eleanor China, Danie Savage, TSRA Chairperson Napau Pedro Stephen AM, Ellen Mosby, Alenka Morseu.