Since the publication of Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future Report, Commissioner Oscar and her team have been committed to action. Over 2,000 First Nations women and girls from across the country gave so much of themselves to give the Report life, that it could never be left idle on the shelf. As such, ‘Stage Two’ was designed to pursue implementation and start the process of giving back to women and girls the response and action they deserve.
Stage Two is about pursuing large scale structural change with a vision for First Nations gender justice and equality. Through working with First Nations women, girls, and their communities, Australian governments, and other key stakeholders, Stage Two considers the actions needed to shift structures away from punitive responses towards responses that are enabling and grounded in the lived realities and expertise of First Nations women and girls.
Dialogue Paper One provides a detailed overview of First Nations gender justice and equality and Stage Two elements of work. It also describes the need for a structural and systems change approach and the four key priority areas to drive systemic change which is responsive to First Nations women and girls. You can access Dialogue Paper One below.
This dialogue paper is intended to stimulate discussion, generate ideas and encourage readers to reflect on their own practices. It is hoped that the reader uses the paper as a tool to consider how to approach implementation of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani report throughout life, in places of work and when making and setting policies. The paper is by no means complete, but part of an iterative processes to exploring how to do implementation effectively.
As part of this piece of work, the Commissioner and her team have brought together a diverse range of thought leaders and experts in a series of roundtables to reimagine a new system—a system that is responsive to First Nations women and girls. The intention of the roundtables are to innovate and challenge what currently exists, and to consider: how we re-create models, approaches and systems that we know are working on the ground? What structures, systems and policies need to change so that these models and approaches become the norm? How do we implement the actions needed to guarantee our women’s self-determination as critical to progress in any area? How do we ensure women’s representation is backed by structures of accountability and responsiveness?
Below are some of the outputs from our first roundtable session held in 2021, captured by Grace Hallam (Social Impact, PWC).