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.
- We work with women and women’s groups to strengthen and build skills so that they can control their own health and wellbeing, as well as take action on the issues that are important to them
- We work with local councils, health care providers and other organisations to improve services that are provided to women and their children, as well as the opportunities available to women to participate in all aspects of economic, social and community life
- We advocate to government and other institutions for changes to laws and policies that limit women’s opportunities, rights and wellbeing