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Statement on Djab Wurrung Trees

Women’s Health Grampians expresses great dismay and disappointment over the destruction of significant trees on Djab Wurrung land in recent days, and the treatment of those who have sought to preserve this important cultural heritage.

WHG recognises the fundamental significance of cultural traditions, beliefs and connection to country for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. As a women’s health service, we absolutely and firmly recognise the significance of birthing on country and the importance of healthcare for women and children that is culturally appropriate, accessible, integrated and sustainable and responsible to the cultural norms and values of Aboriginal women and babies.

This commitment and recognition cannot be seen as anything but intrinsic to the stance that the Djab Wurrung Embassy has taken over the past two and a half years. We recognise the significance of the birthing trees and of the impact of colonization on the country and the people that own and love it and have been here for thousands of years before us.

 

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WHG AGM 2020

Notice of Women’s Health Grampians Annual General Meeting

Our first ever Zoom AGM will be held from 12noon-1:15pm on Wednesday 18th November 2020.

We are delighted to announce that Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency will be the guest speaker. WHG Equality Advocates will also be making a presentation, followed by a short panel discussion with an opportunity for Q&A.

RSVP by 11th November at bit.ly/WHG2020AGM

Equality for All Advocates Speak Out

Women’s Health Grampians innovative Equality for All now has 11 Equality Advocates from a range of diverse backgrounds, able to present on their lived experiences and support CoRE members to develop a deeper understanding of effective strategies to reduce discrimination and the barriers to equality.

Training of the Equality Advocates is now complete and the team has presented across a range of organisations and events including: International Women’s Day, WHG’s Communities of Practice, Ararat CFA and Hepburn Shire Council.

Equality Advocates are able to speak at CoRE members events, workshops and are able to meet one-to-one to talk about equality, diversity and inclusion for all women.

For further information contact Belinda-Sue Parsons, Project Coordinator Equality for All on belinda-sue@whg.au or 5322 4100.

Leading Change Presidents’ Dinner | Ballarat

In November 2017 we hosted 100 people at the Leading Change President’s Dinner at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. It was encouraging to see an appetite of goodwill from sporting clubs and associations to prevent violence against women and promote gender equality. We hope those who attended took inspiration from our guest speakers highlighting the positive role sport can play in changing culture and attitudes such as:

  • Leaders obligation to set positive standards of behaviour towards women;
  • The importance of language, culture and policies in creating inclusive and respectful environments for women;
  • Being willing to speak up when witnessing inappropriate behaviour;
  • It does not cost anything to promote gender equality

The Courier captured stories with some of our guest speakers and stakeholders prior to the event:

Peter Gordon, President, Western Bulldogs Football Club called on sports clubs to be a force for good

Michael Flynn, Executive Officer, Sports Central called on clubs to recognise their part in creating cultural change

Greg Anders, Director, Ballarat Golf Club recognised that the underlying cause of violence against women is gender inequality

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