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International Women’s Day Event in Horsham

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.

Tickets available at: http://www.horshamtownhall.com.au/hthevent/international-womens-day-breakfast/?fbclid=IwAR3qHyVdXI5g2-UiZRTpGQNdmK-LyU7YhsiyskIttMk7aEAcqgaCKtAS5LU

Australia Day/Survival Day Statement

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

marianne@whg.org.au, 5322 4100

Prevention Showcase: Working with Children & Young People to Prevent Violence Against Women

The inaugural Prevention Showcase: Working with Children & Young People to Prevent Violence Against Women event was held on 5 December at the Goldfields Recreation Reserve in Beaufort.  The day saw presentations from seven initiatives from across the Central Highlands region which work with young people where they live, learn and play. Each program showcased at the event contributes to the mutually reinforcing messages which promote gender equality and aim to prevent violence against women before it happens.

Young people featured heavily in the program; Jack Ward from Ararat College shone as event MC, there were musical performances by Ash Egan and Ava Stephens, and a series of skits about respectful and safe relationships by the Creative Learning Team from Ballarat Community Health.

The Hon. Gabrielle Williams, Minister for Youth, Minister for Women and Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, addressed the audience. She shared messages about the importance of whole-of-community prevention initiatives and of her optimism in the young leaders of the future.

“We know that if we can change the mindset of the community we really can shift the harmful attitudes and the overt harmful behaviours that lead to family violence”
The Hon. Gabrielle Williams

Not In My Workplace Ballarat

Focusing on sexual harassment in the workplace, especially small and medium businesses, there were over 100 people attending the Not in My Workplace #NIMW summit which was held at Sovereign Hill on 4 December.

The event had a stellar line up of speakers including Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Our Watch CEO (and previous WHG CEO!) Patty Kinnersly, Sovereign Hill CEO Sarah Quon, VicPol Superintendent Jenny Wilson, Ballarat based human rights lawyer Liz Lacey and Hepburn Shire CEO and long standing CoRE member Evan King.  Business leaders went away well equipped with information and resources to help prevent sexual harassment in their business and broader settings.

It’s great to see continued attention on the issue of violence against women.

Leading Change Event in the Wimmera

The Leading Change Event in October focused on gender equity and emergency management and was attended by 75 people.  Our fantastic guest speakers were Stephen O’Malley (Gender and Disaster POD),  Inspector Di Thomson (Victoria Police), Amanda Lamont (Co Founder Australasian Women in Emergencies (AWE) Network), Tony Baker (CoRE AGG) and our very own Marianne Hendron (CEO, WHG).

There were 32 organisations represented at the event including Horsham Rural City Council, Northern Grampians Shire, Yarriambiack Shire, Pyrenees Shire and Moorabool Shire; Grampians Community Health and some of the health services/hospitals; Victoria Police; CFA; SES; Ambulance Victoria; 3 Primary Care Partnerships – Central Highlands, Wimmera and Grampians Pyrenees; DELWP; Parks Vic; Wimmera Development Association; Salvation Army; Family Violence Support agencies and GWMWater.

We would like to thank Horsham Rural City Council, Wimmera CMA, Grampians Community Health and the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre for supporting the event.

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