As part of Stage Two, the Commissioner and her team are undertaking engagements with community, women’s groups, and a number of indigenous and non-indigenous experts to identify and progress the structural changes required to enhance the lives of First Nations women and girls with a focus on four key priority areas. Alongside these engagements, a dialogue paper will be produced iteratively to provide the research and analysis of what it takes to pursue implementation of Wiyi Yani U Thangani.
The final iteration of the dialogue paper will set the foundation for dialogue at the National Summit and development of the National Action Plan. The final paper will help guide implementation of Wiyi Yani U Thangani and the critical actions identified throughout Stage Two, to be used by a range of stakeholders from community members and organisations, to government and the private sector.
The first iteration of the dialogue paper can be downloaded below.
This dialogue paper provides an overview of Stage Two and its elements of work that aim to progress First Nations gender justice and equality. In this paper, we review and critique concepts of gender equality, the gaps in the mainstream definition that exclude First Nations women and girls and consider how to define an Australian First Nations women and girls understanding of gender equality.
It then considers and expands on what is meant by structural change—detailing what is needed to transform current conditions and to meet and realise the rights and aspirations of First Nations women and girls over time. It also begins to develop the language to better articulate the issues—it will give us language around how to talk about the problems we want to address and how to respond. This paper begins this formulation of language with definitions of First Nations gender justice and equality and structural change.
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).