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Women leading in the Torres Strait

31 July 2018

Eight women from across the Torres Strait commenced the Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Program 2018 on Sunday 29 July.

This is the fifth year of the program which develops the participant’s capacity for leadership and aims to increase the number of women in decision making roles across the region.

‘The program takes place over three sessions in the Torres Strait and Canberra. This first session focuses on understanding self and others to develop as leaders,’ said Philippa Woodhill, Director: Partnerships and program facilitator.

‘The positive impact of the program is unquestionable. We have over 30 graduates influencing and leading in various locations, communities and industries across the Torres Strait.’

The second session will take place in Canberra in September 2018, followed by the final session and graduation ceremony in the Torres Strait in October 2018.

This program is specifically for Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal women in the Torres Strait Region. It is a collaborative project between the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

The TSRA is also seeking applications to fill places on the Foundation’s TRAIL: emerging leaders program 7-15 October 2018. TRAIL is a cross-sector, challenge-based leadership program set in Canberra and region, for Australia’s future emerging leaders.


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Image left to right: Peli Ware – St Pauls, Louise Manas – Kubin, Patricia Pedro – Thursday Island, Faylene Nakata – Thursday Island, Timena Nona – Badu Island, Aiaga Whap – Bamaga, Maleta Nona – Thursday Island and Gladys Doolah – Erub.