News & Events

International Women’s Day Press for Progress Event

Press for Progress Event

Women’s Health East and Yarra Ranges Council have proudly partnered to present the 2018 International Women’s Day event – Press for Progress and Leave No Woman Behind – with Guest Speaker Christine Nixon, at 9am on Thursday 8 March 2018, at Box Hill Institute Lilydale Lakeside campus in the LC Auditorium.

Click the flyer to find out more and register your attendance – places are limited. 

WHAV Media Release

WHAV Media release – Free from Violence funding announcement

Yesterday the Honorable Natalie Hutchins came to Women’s Health East announced funding for Women’s Health Services!

Read this media release from WHAV, the peak body for Women’s Health Services to learn more.

WHAV Media release – Free from Violence funding announcement

No Limitations Guide Launch!

No Limitations – Breaking down gender stereotypes in the early years. A guide for early years educators (WHE 2017). 

The No Limitations Guide has been developed for early childhood educators to promote gender equality in early childhood settings. It provides practical tools, tips and resources for early educators for both an organisational focus and working with families. It is also useful for parents and families, and anyone working with young children. You can download the guide and other useful resources here

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Voices for Change

VOICES FOR CHANGE

A guide to implementing a media advocacy program for the prevention of violence against women.

Violence against women happens in every community, suburb and town, and the voices of survivors need to be heard if we are to end violence against women. A media advocacy program enables women who have experienced violence to share their stories with the public through the media and other community advocacy engagements.

Building on our expertise in leading the Speaking Out program, Women’s Health East was engaged by Our Watch and VicHealth to develop Voices for Change.

Voices for Change: A Media Advocacy Program for the Prevention of Violence Against Women is a step-by-step guide with resources to enable organisations to plan and develop their own Media Advocacy Program with one unequivocal goal: to end violence against women.

Voices for Change is comprised on two essential documents – an Implementation Guide and Facilitator Training Manual.

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The Voices for Change Implementation Guide shares the practical experience of organisations in Australia that have pioneered media advocacy work. It outlines how to establish a Media Advocacy Program that can be shaped to your organisation, with women who have different experiences of violence.

Click on the relevant sections to download and read, or alternatively, download the full guide including appendices/resources.

Voices for Change Implementation Guide – full version

Section 1: Introduction

Section 2: History and current context

Section 3: Why media advocacy?

Section 4: Is media advocacy for you?

Section 5: Program planning

Section 6: Working with advocates

Section 7: Creating and managing media advocacy opportunities

Section 8: Appendices

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A companion resource to the Implementation Guide is the Voices for Change Facilitator Training Manual on how to run media advocacy training sessions with women who have experienced family violence or sexual assault. It includes practical tools and resources that can be used as a part of the training sessions.

If you would like a copy of the Voices for Change Facilitator Training Manual, please contact Kristine Olaris on 9851 3700 or kolaris@whe.org.au

Royal Commission into Family Violence

 

On Wednesday 30 March 2016 the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence handed down it’s report and 227 recommendations to the Victorian Government. You can view our response to the report in the Media Release below, and our submission to the Royal Commission.

 

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WHE Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

On Friday 29 May 2015, the submission period for the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence closed.  Along with many partner organisations in the Eastern Region, Women’s Health East put forward a submission highlighting key messages and recommendations.

Here are our ten recommendations to the Royal Commission:

1. That appropriate governance mechanisms are immediately put in place to oversee responses to family violence and that these ensure a distinct primary prevention focus. All structures formed must involve high-level representation from across government departments and the community.

2. The role of Women’s Health Services (WHS) in the prevention of violence against women must be recognised and strengthened. An additional ongoing commitment of 1.5 EFT per women’s health service is essential to enable the depth and focus of the required work. As leaders in prevention, WHS must have a clear role in the governance structure.

3. A gender equity focus must be central to any efforts aimed at preventing family violence.

4. The prevention of family violence requires a commitment to long term, coordinated action and evaluation.

5. There must be a commitment to a long-term family violence prevention policy, and to adequate funding for the implementation of evidence-based primary prevention initiatives under the new policy. This funding commitment should include funds for leadership and coordination, local action and evaluation.

6. Any policy or plan addressing the prevention of family violence should include a central focus on intersectionality.

7. Immediate funding of a 0.5 EFT program coordinator to support the Eastern Media Advocacy Program’s continuation.

8. Prevention policies and action should include responses to the pervasive and significant issue of sexual violence be expanded to include sexual violence against women outside of the family violence context.

9. A comprehensive response is required to further investigate and address the links between family violence and problem gambling.

10. The prevention of family violence in same sex attracted relationships requires attention and investment to build a more robust evidence based response.

To see our submission and read more about our key messages and recommendations to the Royal Commission, please click here

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Together For Equality & Respect Infographic

This infographic has been designed for Together for Equality & Respect partner organisations and others to use in their work. The infographic gives an overview of the prevalence and seriousness of violence against women and its underlying causes. It explains how everyone in the community has a role in preventing violence against women.

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