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Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Programme kicks off for 2017

Back row – Philippa Woodhill – Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Facilitator, Charlotte Wasaga, Wilhelmina Bann, Chelsea Aniba, Mable Wahlit, Eltricia Ahmat, Nicole Assan

Front Row – Eleanor China, Danie Savage, TSRA Chairperson Napau Pedro Stephen AM, Ellen Mosby, Alenka Morseu

The fourth Torres Strait Women’s Leadership Programme began recently, with 10 Torres Strait and Aboriginal women undertaking five days of intensive leadership training in the region.

It is an initiative by the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA), to equip women with the skills and confidence they need to engage in politics and governance.

The TSRA Chairperson, Mr Pedro Stephen AM, said that the programme has had huge community success over the years.

“Since its inception, there have been twenty-one graduates that has resulted in a number of them furthering their career, community and political aspirations, ” he said.

“This year’s participants were chosen from a highly competitive field of applicants.

“They have truly earnt their place in the programme, and it shows their determination and ability to be successful leaders in our community.”

The course is being delivered by Philippa Woodhill from the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and CEO of the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute, Michelle Deshong.

Mr Stephen said that he was proud to support leadership initiatives to develop and grow strong women leaders in the region.

“The programme aims to take participants on a journey of self-development, promoting individual growth, critical thinking and how to create relationships across professional and community life,” he said.

It was the first of three sessions that will be held, the next session will be held in Canberra in October.

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