News & Events

Event: Women’s Health East Annual General Meeting and 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Event

SAVE THE DATE for Women’s Health East’s Annual General Meeting and of Activism Against Gender Based Violence event!

November 29th from 3:30-5:30pm

Women’s Health East – 1/125 George Street Doncaster East

More details to come soon but put it in your calendar now. We would love to see you there.

Ground-breaking LGBTI family violence prevention program funded

Women’s Health East welcomes funding from the Victorian government to deliver a ground-breaking participatory project to help prevent family violence in LGBTI relationships.

LGBTI FUnding Media Release

Women Online: The intersection of technology, gender and sexism

Women’s Health East are very excited to present our Women Online: The intersection of technology, gender and sexism paper. 

Click on the image below to check it out.

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This paper describes the key drivers of violence and how these interact with the
online environment to create ‘cyber violence’. It identifies the various online
spaces which make up today’s online environment and explores the content and
actions facilitated by online spaces which are harmful to women and girls. The
ways that these online spaces can provide a valuable space for women and girls
and assist feminist activism are also explored.

Using the primary prevention framework, Change the Story, the paper presents
a case for action to prevent cyber violence against women and girls through
recommendations for change at individual, organisational and societal levels.

Speaking Out Media Advocacy Program

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Call Ari on 03 9851 3700 for more information

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

TFER Strategy

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The Together for Equality & Respect Strategy makes clear the case for action in the prevention of violence against women. It explains the causation and the evidence about what we can do to prevent violence before it occurs. Building on this knowledge, and developed through a collaborative and consultative process, Together for Equality & Respect provides us with a vision for the future of the Eastern Metropolitan Region, and some directions for how we can achieve this vision together.

We are pleased to have recently launched the Together for Equality & Respect Strategy 2017-2021.

Click here to read the strategy. For more information on Together For Equality and Respect visit the website. 

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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

Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health: Key Priorities 2017-2020

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Following consultations with sexual and reproductive health service providers and advocates, the state government has just released Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health: Key Priorities 2017-2020.  The strategy, together with $6.6 million in new funding, is a step towards ensuring that all Victorian women, regardless of where they live and how much money they have, are given access to the sexual and reproductive health services and support they need.

The Strategy identifies four key priority areas for improvement including:

– Equitable access to high quality contraception and pregnancy termination services and information

– treatment and management of endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopause

– fertility and conception awareness, and

– prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

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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