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NAIDOC 2018: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls invited to have their say

Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice
June Oscar and girls at Perth session of Wiyi Yani U Thangani

As Australians prepare to mark NAIDOC Week 2018, the Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls to take part in the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project, through a new online survey.

“This year’s NAIDOC Week Because of Her We Can has rightly put the focus on our women as a time to reflect on our strength and resilience and celebrate our achievements as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women,” Commissioner Oscar said.

For the past five months, Commissioner Oscar and her team have been travelling the country to listen to women and girls about their strengths, aspirations, needs and challenges.

“Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to visit every community across the country, so today we are launching a new survey so that Indigenous women and girls can have their say.

The survey results, along with information gathered during national conversations, will inform Commissioner Oscar’s report to the Federal Government.

“I encourage women and girls to do the survey, and speak from the heart and speak honestly. Your input is critical if we’re to deliver a report that’s true to your lived realities.”

“I want the report to say this is who we are, this is what we’re made of and this is what we want changed to have equality of life in this country,” Commissioner Oscar said.

You can find more information about the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project on our website

 

Image: Women & Girls project attended the Perth Wiyi Yani U Thangani session. Credit: Colin Murty / The Australian.

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