A historic report into the challenges and aspirations of Aboriginal women and girls in Australia has recommended an urgent focus on healing from intergenerational trauma, and a national plan of action to advance wellbeing, reported ABC News.
The Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) report, by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO. This is the first engagement project of its kind since 1986 and aims to inform policy and legislation.
In 2018, Ms Oscar and her team visited 50 locations in urban and remote areas across every state and territory and interviewed thousands of Indigenous women and girls.
“On a press release Ms Oscar said: “My hope is that the Wiyi Yani U Thangani engagements and this report will inspire new and older generations of women and girls today, in the same way the Women’s Business Report did for me.
What I do not want, for any of us, is to have to wait another 34 years to be listened and heard.”, added Ms Oscar.
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) report made five major findings and seven recommendations.
They include the implementation of a national action plan on advancing the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls, and a national summit with the establishment of a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Girls advisory body.
The report found
- It is structural forces, not individual behaviours alone, which overwhelmingly determine our life outcomes
- First Nations women and girls have diverse strengths that support all aspects of life
- First Nations women and girls want systems and services to be preventative, place-based, culturally safe, healing-oriented and trauma-informed
- We need to support First Nations women and girls’ leadership and participation in all decisions that impact their lives
- AInvesting in First Nations women and girls is an investment in society
The report recommended
- A National Action Plan on advancing the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls
- Empowering women’s leadership on the ground
- Protecting, supporting and reviving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices and knowledge systems
- Conduct a National Summit and establish a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Girls Advisory Body
- An urgent focus on healing from intergenerational trauma
- National action to eradicate racism
- Local and regional focused engagement
Read the report here