The establishment of a First Nations Gender Justice Institute, based at the Australian National University (ANU), will elevate and invest in the voices and solutions of First Nations women and girls to drive social, economic and ecological impact. Grounded in an intersectional, interdisciplinary, human rights and strength and evidence-based approach, the Institute will support First Nations gender-informed approaches that respond to the holistic needs of all women, children, families and communities, including men.
Through strong partnerships and collaborations with First Nations women, governments, the ANU, other universities, the private sector, and philanthropists, the Institute will design and scale-up First Nations gender-informed approaches and initiatives and support the translation of evidence into policy development and design.
The Institute will carry on the legacy of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Project and will lead the implementation and monitoring of the National Framework for Action for First Nations gender justice.
As with all elements of Wiyi Yani U Thangani, the Institute will model best practice First Nations women-led governance, driven by principles of cultural governance, self-determination and co-design, to ensure the knowledges, skills and lived experience of First Nations women are front and centre.
The Institute is set to be established by early 2024. More information will be shared soon.
Endorsement for the Institute
At the National Summit, The First Nations Gender Justice Insitute received endorsements from the Hon Julia Gillard AC, Chair and Founders of the Global Institute for Women's Leadership ANU and the Hon Julie Bishop, Chancellor of the ANU.