The vision of ‘strong women strong nation’ is powerfully reflected in the experiences, commitment and stories we’ve collected for this winter edition of the Alola Australia newsletter. Maria Imaculada Guterres shares with us the promise she made in childhood to improve the health of women and children in Timor-Leste and the journey that followed to become the manager of Alola’s maternal and child health programs. Alzira Reis tells us about the very exciting women’s action for voice and empowerment workshop she recently attended which marked the beginning of an ongoing approach to strengthening the advocacy work of women and organisations within and across the Asia Pacific region. We follow Margaret Rollings as she continues her very literal journey across Spain in support of women with breast cancer in Timor-Leste and hear from Nicole Bluett-Boyd about the fabulous evening that was had raising funds for Alola’s mobile library. All this and more.