Indigenous women are the change makers who will help close the gap of disadvantage confronting Aboriginal people, a leadership forum has heard. The annual Oxfam Straight Talk Summit (September 19 to 22) brought 60 indigenous women from across Australia, from cities, the outback and the Torres Strait, for a week-long leadership program. The participants shared their stories with female politicians and increase their understanding of how the political system works. Deputy Opposition Leader, Julie Bishop, said her favourite part of the program was chatting in her office with a group of participants “laughing and crying” over shared experiences. “Whatever challenges our nation faces, empowering women must be critical to the solution,” she said.
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