At CSIA’s National Reconciliation Week event we heard from Australian Human Rights Commission Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Policy Advisor Terri Reid.

Terri is a proud Wuthathi, Meriam and Gamilaroi woman currently based on Jagera/Turrbal country in Brisbane.

Terri spoke with people from more than 30 community services organisations about the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future Report. This is a powerful report elevating the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls that every person in every community services organisation should read.

We have the opportunity to pledge all our support by endorsing or developing a statement of commitment to Wiyi Yani U Thangani, its principles and recommendations. Here at CSIA we are prioritising our teams understanding of the report and developing our own commitment statement. We will share it with Industry.

We also look forward to participating in the National Action Plan to further connect with the report and empower the delivery of its priorities, aspirations and collaborations.

Take a moment to read this blog where we have spoken further with Terri.

Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices): Securing our Rights, Securing our Future 

It has been 34 years since Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls have been heard as a collective. The Wiyi Yani U Thangani Report and project provides a once in a generation opportunity to respond and action long term change.

Wiyi Yani U Thangani puts a First Nations gender lens on areas of Community Services including, but not limited to, housing and homelessness, disability, child protection, service delivery and economic participation.

“It was a pleasure to share the important work of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Team at the Australian Human Rights Commission during Reconciliation Week,” says Terri.

“The Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) report, released in December 2020, was informed by the findings from engagements and submissions of over 2,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls.

“These engagements were a solution focused approach and were centred on self-determination to enable our women and girls to define their issues, priorities and aspirations on their own terms.

“I spoke to the report’s key findings which includes the seven overarching recommendations and its thematic areas of enhancing women and girls’ participation in:

  • leadership and decision-making

  • investing in healing initiatives to break cycles of intergenerational trauma

  • supporting women’s law and culture as a key determinant of health and wellbeing

  • recognising women and girls’ skills, roles and responsibilities to address structural powerlessness and poverty.”