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- 40 Years of Victorian Women's Health Services | 2018
This year, Victoria celebrates 40 years of women’s led women’s health services. Women’s Health Grampians is proud to be part of a collective of women’s health services recognising and celebrating this milestone over 13-16 March 2018.
Over the past four decades, we’ve seen abortion legalised, sexual harassment outlawed, an Australia-first Royal Commission into Family Violence, and Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy. Victorian women’s health services have been there every step of the way, championing women’s health, safety and wellbeing.
Led by the state representative body Gender Equity Victoria, the ‘40 Years Strong’ campaign recognises the history and expertise of Victorian women’s led women’s health services in addressing gender equity, women’s sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of violence against women.
The campaign follows International Women’s Day (March 8), a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #PressForProgress, which calls on collective action to accelerate gender parity.
As part of IWD activities, Women’s Health Grampians launched a report providing, for the first time, a summary of the current situation of Gender Inequality in the Grampians region. It highlights the importance of our whole-of-community work to change the trajectory towards equality.
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- It Takes Courage Dinner | Ballarat | 2017
As part of the 16 Days of Activism – Victoria Against Violence Campaign WHG, the CoRE Alliance Governance Group and the It Takes Courage project were proud to host a dinner allowing guests to step into the lives of women from 12 different cultures.
Our project participants prepared delightful 3 course menu of diverse home-cooked dishes from all around the world. The dinner was an opportunity to engage with the community, sharing personal stories, building self-confidence, undertaking event management roles and fundraising. Money raised will contribute to the creation of the It Takes Courage book which will feature recipes, stories, photography, prevention of violence against women messaging and art.
- Enabling Women Leadership Program | Central Highlands | 2017
It was our great privilege to be part of a partnership group to bring the Enabling Women Community Leadership Program to the Central Highlands. Over six weeks, eight women attended weekly workshops facilitated by Women with Disabilities Victoria to build on their natural leadership skills, confidence, expand their community networks, make new friends, increase their knowledge of communication, advocacy, human rights, leadership and the NDIS.
The graduation ceremony was an opportunity not only to celebrate the commitment of our participants, but to be inspired by their ideas and where they want to go as individual leaders in our communities. Some of which were captured in an article by The Courier.
In concluding this program we are encouraging participants to use their skills to actively engage with issues that affect women with a disability.
We would like to acknowledge the valuable contributions of the Reference Group: City of Ballarat, Golden Plains Shire, Moorabool Shire Council, Department of Health and Human Services, Central Highlands – West Division, Grampians disAbility Advocacy and National Disability Insurance Scheme LAC Partner – La Trobe Community Health. Also to Carly Myers from Women with Disabilities Victoria who has done an enormous amount of work in setting up and delivering this program.
- Leading Change Presidents' Dinner | Ballarat | 2017
On 27 November 2017 100 people attended 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 having an 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:
- Leading Change Breakfast | Horsham | 2017
On 22 August 2017, 130 people attended the Wimmera Leading Change Breakfast at the Horsham Town Hall. Guest speakers highlighted the importance of taking action to prevent violence against women and children and the need to address gender equality.
Simone O’Brien spoke of her personal experience of intimate partner violence and her lengthy path to recovery.
Phil Cleary stressed how we need to make our workplaces, sporting clubs and institutions places where we don’t tolerate violence against women and where we are not complicit in this behaviour.
Kate Jenkins, Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner spoke about gender inequality as the cause of violence against women and the importance of changing attitudes.
David Lavithis, VicRoads gave some examples of what they are doing within their organisation to address the drivers of violence against women.
Thanks to Department of Justice and Regulation, Horsham Rural City Council, Wimmera PCP, Uniting Wimmera and Barwon CASA for supporting the event.
For video highlights of the event see here