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Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) project launched

Date posted: 6 December 2017

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO, has officially launched the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) project.

The project is being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission in partnership with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. It will include a series of community visits and conversations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls around the country from early next year.

The project will build on the legacy of the Women's business report of 1986, which was the first and last time national consultations were held with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

Commissioner Oscar paid tribute to women involved in that process and said the Wiyi Yani U Thangani project will continue their work. 'It is clear to me that much more needs to be done to elevate the needs and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls in the national policy landscape,' she said. 'From our remote communities to our urban centres, I hope to highlight the diversity that exists among us, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls.'

'There are significant opportunities to grasp here, to ensure that our needs and aspirations and our voices are at the forefront of the government’s agenda – beyond the narrow frame of victimhood and dysfunction.'

Speaking at the launch, the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion acknowledged the critical role women girls play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and said he looks forward to the report.

Source: Australian Human Rights Commission, Indigenous.gov

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Last updated: 6 December 2017
 
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