Published on 09 September 2019

Women of courage

Want to become a change maker in your community? Applications for a unique and inspiring new leadership program close this week.

A new southern suburbs leadership program, helping commemorate the 125th anniversary of South Australian women’s suffrage, aims to transform women into change makers in their communities.

Applications for the City of Onkaparinga’s free Women of Courage Cross-Cultural Civic Leadership Program, open for passionate women who want to develop their skills to become influential leaders, close this Friday 13 September.

The nine-day program (spread over three months) takes participants on a journey of self-discovery and learning, incorporating a tour, experiential learning activities, mentoring and ongoing development opportunities.

The goal is to build leadership skills, develop active citizenship and, in turn, increase the capacity of women as change makers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women are particularly encouraged to undertake this unique program.

Dr Kim O’Donnell, Chair of Neporendi Aboriginal Forum Inc. and one of the program’s facilitators, says Women of Courage represents a fantastic opportunity.

“It’s challenging stepping up and taking on leadership roles,” says Dr O’Donnell, a Malyangapa/Barkindji woman.

“It’s also rewarding being influenced by others and then learning skills to be the influencer.

“If you’re looking to get more out of life and want to make a difference in the communities you live, work and hang out in, then the Women of Courage leadership course is for you.

“Two years ago, I participated in a similar course with the City of Onkaparinga and met some amazing women that I probably would not have had the opportunity to meet.

“We shared stories, were inspired by each other and laughed a lot.

“If you’d like to grow and meet some aboriginal women from all walks of life, then I highly recommend you come join us on this awe-inspiring journey.”

Women of Courage was made possible with a state government Office for Women community grant, which were made available across the state to help publicly celebrate the anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Applications close 5pm on Friday 13 September. Visit for more information and to apply.

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