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More than 100 Indigenous women have come together in Dubbo, NSW, for a unique opportunity to share ideas and develop new networks.
The Central West and Murdi Paaki Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Gathering ran from 12 - 14 November and attracted participants from Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Goodooga, Condobolin, Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange and Parkes. Its aim was to encourage discussion about issues affecting Indigenous communities in a culturally supportive environment.
Event organiser, Rene Wykes says health, education and financial opportunities were discussed over a series of seminars. The gathering also gave participants ‘… an opportunity to develop networks, share ideas and exchange information,’ she said.
Michelle Shipp, the event's facilitator, said the gathering was an opportunity to make new connections. ‘So when people go back to their communities and being some of them, so remote, they can then have networks across the Murdi Paaki and Central West area, that they can utilise and call upon when they need something, when there's a gap in their communities,’ she said.
Source: ABC Indigenous online news
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