The Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future report clearly demonstrates that the current mainstream system does not recognise or respond to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls. Alternative models and approaches are needed to support the work and life of First Nations women and girls, which respect and enhance their strengths, knowledges and potential.
Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) is committed to pursuing systemic change. The second stage of work is focused on responding to the key findings and implementing the recommendations from the report.
In pursuing this aim Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) Stage Two will:
• identify, and consider how to design and invest in the alternative models and approaches to enhance the lives of First Nation women and girls
• consider the structural, policy and legislative changes necessary to embed and sustain alternative approaches over the long-term.
Stage Two is about devoting attention—in a practical and applied way—to the steps that must be taken to achieve the outcomes laid-out in the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) recommendations. Identifying alternative approaches and how to implement reforms will involve a series of engagements and roundtable discussions with community members, peak bodies, relevant stakeholders and Australian governments. These engagements will consider the different mechanisms necessary for reforms to take effect such as innovative policy, financial mechanisms and new institutional arrangements.