Women’s Health West works within a feminist framework to deliver projects that improve women’s health, safety and wellbeing.
Health is influenced by more than our biology, lifestyles and access to health care. Poverty, education, age, sexuality, culture and, of course, gender also impact on our wellbeing. Our health promotion work aims to rectify the gender and structural inequalities that affect the health and limit the lives of women.
We work with communities and organisations to deliver projects within these program areas:
Preventing violence against women – research shows that violence can be prevented. Our health promotion activities work to change the unequal power relations and cultural norms that cause men to perpetrate violence against women in the first place, and the social structures that excuse it.
Mental wellbeing – social inclusion, freedom from discrimination and violence, and access to economic resources are critical to mental health and wellbeing. Our health promotion activities foster connectedness between people, prevent violence and discrimination, and build resilience in individuals and communities.
Sexual and reproductive health – many of the political, economic, cultural and social forces that affect women relate to sexual and reproductive health. Our health promotion activities focus on the broad context of women’s sexual and reproductive health, and not just single issues.