Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) is a multi-year project set out to capture and respond to the rights, needs and aspirations of First Nations women and girls. It is led by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO. It has just released a new report that comes with a range of new resources.
Wiyi Yani U Thangani builds on the legacy of the 1986 Women’s Business Report, which was the first time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women were heard as a collective. Over 30 years later, in June 2017, the Australian Human Rights Commission (the ‘Commission’) and the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) partnered on a national conversation to elevate the voices of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander women and girls.
Informed by over 2,000 First Nations women and girls, Wiyi Yani U Thangani report is a once in a generation report, providing a well overdue gender-lens across all aspects of life, showing that women are doing the backbone work of society. Click here to access These new resources
On every page are the stories of women and girls—their strengths, wealth of knowledges and culture, and how to overcome entrenched issues and inequalities and create futures we all dream of. Wiyi Yani U Thangani provides the evidence that the inequalities experienced by First Nations women and girls are perpetuated and entrenched by mainstream systems and structures that have marginalised the voices of women and girls for generations. First Nations women and girls are clear: we need large-scale structural change to create a world where the unique cultural, social, economic and political rights and interests of First Nations women and girls are realised. We need First Nations gender justice and equality. When we lift Aboriginal women, we lift entire Aboriginal communities.