Please join us for a special event, as we launch the final report of the Increasing Reproductive Choices in the Grampians Pyrenees and Wimmera Regions project. This project aimed to increase the availability of reproductive health services in the region where they reside and work.
The launch will feature guest speakers Dr Paddy Moore from the Royal Women’s Hospital, Associate Professor Louise Keogh from University of Melbourne, Milicia Markovic PhD from Department of Health and Human Services, and our very own Marieke Dam.
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These are strange times for our region, and across the world, as we are reminded of how our own health and wellbeing in so linked to the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community. Women’s Health Grampians is exploring what this pandemic may mean for gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of violence against women, and we will share relevant information and resources with you over the next few weeks.
For now, our thoughts are with women across our region who may be experiencing considerable uncertainty, stress and the escalation of family violence as a result of COVID 19 and the measures that have been put in place to reduce its spread.
Below is a brief list of services that continue to operate in Victoria that can provide support, advice and assistance at this time. And, as always, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger or requires police attendance, call POLICE 000.
Safe Steps – 1800 015 188 https://www.safesteps.org.au/
Assists Victorian women and their children who are experiencing family violence through a 24/7 phoneline and specialist support services.
1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732 https://www.1800respect.org.au
National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1800 MY OPTIONS – 1800 696 794 https://www.1800myoptions.org.au/
For information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health in Victoria.
On the morning of March 4th, Women’s Health Grampians and WRISC Family Violence Support hosted a garden party to celebrate International Women’s Day. The dual themes of International Women’s Day were #GenerationEquality, acknowledging the achievements and progress of the past 25 years and looking forward to what the next generation will achieve, and #EachForEqual, a reminder that our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.
Two key achievements were celebrated at the party – the achievement of Rainbow Tick accreditation by WRISC, and the launch of Women’s Health Grampians’ Intersectionality Guide – a resource developed as part of the Equality for All project to assist CoRE members in applying an intersectional lens to their work. Presentations were made by WRISC’s Hilary Pope, Women’s Health Grampians’ Kate Diamond-Keith, and Equality Advocates Joy Juma and Sumira Chhabra Gambhir.
International Women’s Day 2020 will be marked by a breakfast at Horsham Town Hall, with a fascinating speaker’s panel. The UN theme for this year is #GenerationEquality, acknowledging the achievements and progress of the past 25 years and looking forward to what the next generation will achieve.
This special event will highlight women’s achievements in many spheres of life and guest speakers will represent two generations of women and their journeys as community leaders and advocates for equality.
Women’s Health Grampians acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s First Peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of the land and water in which we live, work and play. We recognise that January 26 is not a celebration for all Australians and that sovereignty was never ceded. This day marks the invasion of Australia that resulted in the genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and dispossession of their land and culture. The intersection of colonisation, intergenerational trauma, removal from family and community, racism, discrimination, and marginalisation continue to have a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We acknowledge today and in all our work that these detrimental impacts fall particularly hard on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children.
On January 26, we stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We reflect on the importance of self-determination, and of organisations controlled by and run for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. We turn our thoughts to the Warawarni-gu Guma Statement once again and recognise and value the voices, strength and resilience of Aboriginal women of the Grampians region. We are proud and honoured to work alongside Aboriginal people as they continue to lead improvements in health and wellbeing for their communities.
Contact: Marianne Hendron
Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health Grampians
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