Wiyi Yani U Thangani

Women's Voices

Securing our rights securing our future



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Throughout 2018, the Commissioner and her team travelled to 50 locations in urban, regional and remote areas across every state and territory. They conducted 106 engagements and met with 2,294 women of all ages, including senior elders, girls from 12 to 17 years of age, women in prison and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Sistergirl and Brotherboy (LGBTQIA+SB). Over 100 submissions and 300 survey responses were also received.

Informed by the findings from engagements and submissions, the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future report is an extensive whole-of-life report that captures what women and girls consider to be their key strengths and concerns, what principles they think ought to be enshrined in the design of policies, programs and services, and what measure they recommend out to be taken to effectively promote the enjoyment of their human rights in the future.

The Report is broken into five parts, each containing a number of chapters. Part One explores the major themes that emerged from the stories of women and girls taken together and sets out the ‘Way forward’—a comprehensive plan for structural reform. Part 2-5 are informed by the stories of women and girls across all aspects of life from education to child protection, health, community safety, land and country, employment and housing.

A Community Guide has also been developed which sets out the major findings and cross-cutting themes that are explored in detail in the Report.

Part One - Our women and girls' voices:



Part Two - Supporting strong families and communities:


Part Three - Living and Belonging:


Part Four - Healthy and engaged lives:


Part Five - Thriving communities and sustainable economies:



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