The Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future report puts forward a comprehensive plan for structural change. It consists of a series of principles to guide action, seven overarching recommendations and four pathways forward. These set out women and girls’ call for action. Stage Two of Wiyi Yani U Thangani is about finding ways to translate these actions into meaningful change.
Through working with First Nations women, girls and their communities, Australian governments, and other key stakeholders, Stage Two will define the actions and structural changes required to implement the changes women and girls want to see and to achieve First Nations gender justice and equality in Australia.
Currently, Australia does not have the national architecture to define the many dimensions of gender equality and progress determined change, nor does it have a nationally consistent approach to respond holistically to the needs of First nations women and girls. This must change.
Through working with First Nations women, girls, and their communities, Australian governments, and other key stakeholders, Stage Two will define the actions and structural changes —in law, policy, operational approaches, and institutional arrangements— required to achieve the outcomes women and girls are calling for. Stage Two will develop resources which will detail actions and provide guidance for implementation, monitoring and accountability.
Stage Two takes a targeted approach. It will focus on the four major cross-cutting themes throughout Wiyi Yani U Thangani that underpin the lives of First Nations women and girls. The four themes represent systemic issues and implementing actions in these areas is key to combatting inequality and disadvantage experienced by First Nations women and girls. These themes are broadly captured and responded to in the major findings in the opening chapter and the seven overarching recommendations of the Report.
Stage Two will define and pursue the implementation of actions across these areas and consider how to track and measure progress against agreed actions.
Four cross-cutting themes:
• Enhancing women and girls’ participation in leadership and decision-making
• Supporting women’s Law and culture as a key determinant of health and wellbeing
• Investing in healing initiatives to break cycles of intergenerational trauma
• Recognising women and girls skills, unpaid labour and responsibilities to address structural powerlessness and poverty
Building towards a National Summit and National Action Plan
The work of Stage Two contributes to the development of a National Action Plan (Rec 1) and the establishment of a National Summit and a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Girls Advisory Body (Rec 2).
Whilst this third stage of work is not yet confirmed, Stage Two will begin to put in place the building blocks and scaffolding for a National Action Plan—a framework—to enact change that will achieve First Nations gender justice and equality.
Stage Two will also raise awareness and build momentum for national action through engaging with First Nations women, girls and their communities, governments in all jurisdictions, key influential leaders, and the broader Australian community.