Indigenous Governance Factsheet 3

Women in Governance


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have always had valued roles and responsibilities in the governance of their families, clans, communities and nations. Today, senior women are often the bedrock of community and family wellbeing and are active in many leadership and governance roles. And the number of women in important governing roles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations, communities and organisations is growing.


The Women in Governance Factsheet investigates:

  • Challenges facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
  • Harnessing the strength of women in governance


You can access the PDF Factsheet.


“The strongest people in the world are not the ones who are most protected. They are the ones who have had to face struggles, adversity and obstacles, surmount them and survive. Aboriginal women have displayed a perseverance and resilience that has taken us through decades of change. We have achieved great things.” Michelle Deshong, CEO, AIGI


The Indigenous Governance Factsheets were developed by the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute and Reconciliation Australia to promote peoples’ understanding of Indigenous governance. Each Factsheet provides an explanation of the topic and tips on best practice strategies.


Indigenous Governance Toolkit


More information, tips, examples and resources about this topic are available on the Indigenous Governance Toolkit


The purpose of the Toolkit is to share effective and innovative governance strategies and knowledge about what works and why. The Toolkit promotes a strengths-based, developmental approach to governance building which places culture at the heart of understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander modes of governance.


It is a free online resource developed to support Indigenous nations, communities, individuals and organisations to strengthen their governance in ways that are meaningful to them.


The Toolkit is founded on the pioneering research of the Indigenous Community Governance Project and is regularly updated with best-practice tips and inspirational stories from the Indigenous Governance Awards and other research and case studies developed by the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute.



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