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#HandsUp for Gender Equality – A Social Marketing Campaign for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

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#HandsUp is a social marketing campaign that advocates for gender equality in our communities and encourages individuals to think about why gender equality is important to them. This campaign will run over the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, from 25th November – 10th December.

Please find below more information and resources to support your involvement in the #HandsUp social marketing campaign. If you have any questions, give us a call!

#HandsUp – About the Campaign

#HandsUp – Background

#HandsUp – Messages

#HandsUp – Evaluation

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 16 Messages for 16 Days

  #HandsUp to no gendered toy aisles #HandsUp to end victim blaming  #HandsUp to end mens violence against women#HandsUp fpr women in leadership  #HandsUp for womens reproductive rights  #HandsUp for women of all cultures, sexuality and abilities    #HandsUp for shared responsibility in the home  #HandsUp for more coverage of womens sport  #HandsUp for men taking on carer roles  #HandsUp for gender equity at school  #HandsUp for freedom from gender sterotypes  #HandsUp for flexible workplaces for parents  #HandsUp for equal pay  #HandsUp for equal & respectful relationships  #HandsUp for calling out sexism    #HandsUp for women being more than their appearance

 

Women’s Health East Annual General Meeting

It was wonderful to see so many of our partners and friends at our AGM on 30th September! Thank you to everyone who came along.

A special thanks also to our guest speaker, Commissioner Rowena Allen, to Brooke Collins for her Welcome to Country and to Mim for her inspirational performance.

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Muslim Women’s Health & Wellbeing Forum

Hear about findings from the Muslim Women’s Health Literacy Project in Melbourne’s Inner East followed by presentations from our keynote speakers Saara Sabbagh and Tasneem Chopra.

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Forum participants will be invited to join a conversation on how Islamophobia is affecting Muslim women, and how Health Services can be more responsive, inclusive and welcoming.

When: Friday 14th August 2015, 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: MC2 – Manningham City Square, Level 2, Doncaster and Templestowe Rooms, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, VIC 3108

 To register your attendance click here. Registration for this event is required by
 Wednesday 5 August 2015 so please register at your earliest convenience.
 For more information call WHE: 9851 3700

        

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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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Family Violence and Problem Gambling Forum

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 Women’s Health East would like to invite you to attend this fantastic event that will examine the link between family violence and problem gambling!

The forum will be of interest to specialist domestic violence service practitioners; community, health and human services practitioners; problem gambling and financial counsellors; consumers; problem gambling and family violence researchers, advocates and policy makers.

Find out about recent research findings into the link between family violence and problem gambling.

Hear from a panel of speakers including a consumer voice, gambling and financial counsellors and family violence practitioners.

Click here for more information.

Priorities for Victorian Women’s Health 2014-2018

Developed by Victorian Women’s Health Services, March 2014

Clear disparities in health outcomes exist for Victorian women.

For example, while Victorian women are more likely to live longer than Victorian men, their higher prevalence and incidence of non-fatal health problems result in more years lived with ill health and disability.

Victorian Women’s Health Services commend successive Victorian governments for their leadership on women’s health to date and encourage government to continue to partner with the women’s health sector to reduce the burden of ill health and disease for better health outcomes for Victorian women.

The Victorian women’s health sector seeks commitment to the development of a comprehensive women’s health policy and action platform for 2014–2018.

What should the women’s health policy and action platform include?

In order to reduce the burden of ill health and disease for better health outcomes for Victorian women, the women’s health policy and action platform calls for five specific actions from government:

  • Development of a statewide sexual and reproductive health strategy.
  • Investment and leadership in the primary prevention of violence against women.
  • Research and action on women in a changing society, specifically the impacts of climate change on the health of Victorian women
  • Development of a gendered mental health and wellbeing plan.
  • Further investment in the Victorian Women’s Health Program to implement initiatives arising from the actions above.

How must the women’s health policy and action platform be developed and implemented?

In order to succeed, the women’s health policy and action platform must be developed and implemented in the following way. It must:

  • be led by Government – with the Office of Women’s Affairs returned to the Department of Premier and Cabinet to assure a whole-of-government approach;
  • focus on gender equity across the whole of government and at all levels of government;
  • include clear performance goals or targets for measuring achievements;
  • ensure collection and analysis of gendered data; and
  • invest in Victorian women’s health services to lead local and statewide strategies.

To read more download the full Priorities document (pdf)

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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National Community Attitudes Survey Launch

In September 2014 VicHealth launched the findings of the National Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women Survey. The results, though not significantly different to from 2009, highlight the need to build attitudes that will help to put an end to violence against women.

Some good news from the survey is that only 4-6% of people surveyed believe that violence against women can be justified and only a minority believe that it can be excused. There is also a high recognition that partner and sexual violence are against the law, and the majority of individuals believe that violence against women is serious.

The survey also disappointingly highlighted that attitudes around victim blaming and excusing violence still exist. For example up to 1 in 5 think that women bear some responsibility for violence. There are also some concerning results when it comes to attitudes to do with equality between men and women. For example 27% of people think men make better politicians and 19% who think that men should be the head of the household.

The survey results will provide much food for thought, highlighting areas that need focus in our efforts to inform and shift attitudes and behaviours in order to prevent violence against women.

Media advocates Kristy, Jane and Megan were invited to attend the launch of these findings in an official capacity. Kristy spoke alongside an impressive list of special guests including Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, Senator Michaela Cash and Michael Flood. All three advocates were engaged with various print media and television interviews spanning over a total of 2 days, including news coverage on all commercial stations, ABC news, The Project on Network 10, The Herald Sun and The Age.

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Annual General Meeting 2014

Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM on October 22nd. It was a fun afternoon! Kristine Olaris presented on Women’s Health East’s key achievements of the last year, of which there were many. These can all be found in our latest annual report (link to annual report) – please take time to have a look.

The highlight of the afternoon was the Women in Leadership Panel discussion. Led by the fabulous Nelly Thomas, the panel included

  • Mary Wooldridge MP, Minister for Mental Health, Community Services, and Disability Services and Reform
  • Brooke Collins, Wurundjeri woman, Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association Program Coordinator and Co-Director of the Coranderrk Festival
  • Cr Samantha Dunn, Councillor Lyster Ward, Yarra Ranges and Greens Candidate for Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne
  • Megan Dunstone, Survivor Advocate for the Prevention of Violence Against Women
  • Danielle Green MP, Shadow Minister for Women, Health Promotion and Minister for Prevention of Family Violence

The panel members gave personal insight into their own experiences of leadership, and shared ideas for how to support women seeking to have an influence in their community.

Many in the audience commented on feeling inspired and motivated by the discussion.

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