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June Oscar ensuring Indigenous women’s voices are again heard by government

It’s been a little over 30 years since the first time the Commonwealth sought the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, writes June Oscar in her introduction to a new project that seeks to update what the government knows about these women’s and girls’ priorities, challenges and aspirations for themselves, their families and their future.

‘Women’s business’, the first report of its kind, was released in 1986.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner is leading the new project, called Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices), that will also seek to tell their key achievements over the past 30 years, enhance their lives so they can lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives, and promote and protect culture.

“Together with my team, I will be travelling to many places in rural, remote and urban Australia to hear directly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls. Wiyi Yani U Thangani, which means “Women’s Voices” in the Bunuba language is the name of this project which aims to engage with as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls as possible, both through our face-to-face engagement and our online submission process.

“I want to hear about your ideas, your challenges and your hopes for the future through this process. Your voices are important and I invite and encourage all of my sisters to engage with me in this national conversation.

“It is time to take action to shape our lives and our future by elevating our collective voices.”

The project will continue through 2018 with ambassadors including author Dr Anita Heiss and model Magnolia Maymuru.


Strong women, strong business

Indigenous Business Australia is sponsoring Indigenous women in business to attend a conference all about them.

“A first of its kind conference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are in business or looking to start a business.

“Held over three days in beautiful Glenelg in Adelaide, this unique event will bring together Indigenous businesswomen from remote, regional and urban Australia, across all stages of business and all industries, to achieve a true cross-section of the strong Indigenous women who are in business today, and will be tomorrow.”

Applications for the sponsored positions close March 23.

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