Last week our Darwin-based Stars took part in the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) Project.
Wiyi Yan U Thangani is an initiative of June Oscar AO, the first Aboriginal woman to be appointed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.
It is a national conversation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls, designed to hear their priorities, challenges and aspirations for themselves, their families and their future.
After being split into two groups, our Stars were given an opportunity to discuss the things in their lives that they saw as either strengths and weaknesses.
The young women identifed the support of their friends and family, as well as the mentoring they receive from Stars Foundation, as definite strengths in their lives.
The importance of a having strong cultural identity and the ability to participate in sporting activities were also raised as things that made them feel uplifted and confident within themselves.
At the end of the session, Stars student, Serena Barton, described it as “a great opportunity because it gave us a voice into issues that affect us as Indigenous young women.”
“The session allowed an open discussion in a safe environment, so we could be honest about the changes that we want to see within our communities.”