Women’s Health Grampians’ work emphasises the role of gender in the formation of traditional roles and stereotypes and the ways in which these reflect and perpetuate bias against women.
Women as a group experience disadvantage and discrimination in many different forms, and the barriers to equality and full participation go across multiple levels: structural, institutional, cultural and individual. The negative consequences of inequality are exemplified in poor health outcomes, poverty and violence against women. These are amplified for women in rural areas.
The intersection of gender with other forms of discrimination and disadvantage further compounds inequality, for example for Aboriginal women and girls, those from migrant backgrounds and those who live with disabilities.