First Nations EMILY's List Australia

Australia would be a better place with more First Nations women in our Parliaments and councils. We need First Nations women to have their voice heard in Government, policy and development of legislation to ensure that real change is not just talked about but happens. 

First Nations Women ELA (FNELA) is a targeted program being developed by EMILY’s List Australia (ELA) to encourage more First Nations women to run for positions in Local, State and Federal Governments. FNELA carries on the work of the Partnerships for Equity Network (PEN) and will engage, educate and empower First Nations women to get involved in the political and parliamentary systems to make change for their communities.

The FNELA program is being developed by Ashlee Wone, a proud Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman, with support from ELA volunteers, and in consultation with First Nations women who have started on, or are considering, the leadership path.


Meet the team


Ashlee Wone
Ngiyampaa, Wiradjuri, Ngemba
FNELA Project Lead
Bridget Wardlaw
FNELA Collaborator
Pamela Anderson
Yorta Yorta, Gunai Kurnai
FNELA Collaborator
Nicole Duffy
Wiradjuri, Weilwan
FNELA Collaborator

In conversation

Ashlee Wone joined Connection Matters Radio's Charles Pakana to discuss the need for First Nations women in government. Listen to the podcast

Get Involved

Take the FNELA Program Survey

FNELA are conducting a survey of First Nations women, to capture the hurdles faced by First Nations women as they engage in changes to benefit their community. This survey will help us develop a program for encouraging, training, supporting and mentoring First Nations women into elected office in Australia. Read about the surveyTake the survey


Yarning Circle 19th September 2021

Join us for the first ever FNELA yarning circle as we talk about the program we are building to support more First Nations women to take the steps towards positions in government and senior roles with policy and legislation design. Read More


Get in touch

If you have any questions or want to get involved with FNELA, please contact Ashlee Wone, FNELA Project Lead 0413 089 257 [email protected]