Message from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
Wiyi yani, Galinda yani
All women, All Girls
Wina nginyji: Mimi, Ngowiji, Ngarranyi, Ngawiy, Jugu, Manay, Ngaja, Manggay, Gunday, Jimarri.
Whether you are all: Maternal and Paternal grandmothers, Mothers, Aunties, Daughters, Older sisters, Younger sisters, Sisters in law, Cousin Sisters or Friends.
Nginyjagama gurrijginggirragi, Nginyjagama linginggirragi, Wadbinggirragali, yathawarra, mathawarra, wilalawarra, Winyiwarra yarrangi nhingi thangani, nyanangarri nhingi wiyi yani.
Whatever you are carrying, whatever you are thinking, let’s all come together, to sit, share, and talk and listen together.
Manyjawarrma yarrangi thangani thirrili ngarri.
Let us make our voices strong
Wiyi yani, Galinda yani Thirrili ngarri warawarra.
All women and girls lets stand with strength.
As the first Aboriginal woman appointed to the role of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, I want to hear what it will take to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls, their families and communities feel safe, successful and empowered in their lives.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls have great strengths and potential. We perform a central role in bringing about positive social change for our families and communities. Despite this, we remain vulnerable and our voices, aspirations and needs are often invisible or marginalised.
Together with my team, I will be travelling to many places in rural, remote and urban Australia to hear directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls. Wiyi Yani U Thangani, which means ‘Women’s Voices’ in the Bunuba language is the name of this Project which aims to engage with as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls as possible, both through our face-to-face engagement and our online submission process.
I want to hear about your ideas, your challenges and your hopes for the future through this process. Your voices are important and I invite and encourage all of my sisters to engage with me in this national conversation.
It is time to take action to shape our lives and our future by elevating our collective voices.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I will see you soon.
June Oscar AO,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Social Justice Commissioner.