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16 Days Activist Challenge and activist meet-up event happening soon

People who live, work or study in Melbourne’s west are pledging to help end violence against women as part of the annual 16 Days Activist Challenge.

The 16 Days Activist Challenge is a local campaign that takes place during the global 16 Days of Activism, which runs between 25 November and 10 December annually.

The challenge is initiated by Women’s Health West, as part of their role as lead agency in the Preventing Violence Together partnership.

The campaign encourages people from across Melbourne’s west to pledge to undertake a different action every day to promote gender equality, learn about violence against women, and educate others about the problem.

The actions are designed to be achievable, thought-provoking, practical and fun; and are pitched at different levels depending on the amount of time and effort activists are able to commit.

Women’s Health West will be posting one action on social media for every day of the challenge. It is quick and easy to register for the challenge at http://16daysactivist.whwest.org.au.

Kick off the 16 Days Activist Challenge with a free film screening of Justice League

We are very excited to kickstart this year’s 16 Days Activist Challenge by inviting all participating activists to a free screening of the much anticipated DC Comics film, Justice League.

Come along for the opportunity to meet other activists while also casting a critical eye on the film. We’ll be asking activists to view the film looking for gender bias, which is Challenge #5 in the 16 Days Activist Challenge.

One of the ways we’ll be analysing the film is by using The Bechdel Test, which draws attention to gender bias and sexism in film. Following the screening our host, comedian Nelly Thomas, will invite a few 16 Days Activists to share their thoughts.

Everyone who is registered for the 16 Days Activist Challenge is welcome to come along and bring a friend – you just need to RSVP. Be quick though – space is limited!

 

Free MTOP professional development workshop for GPs and pharmacists

Women’s Health West, in conjunction with The Royal Women’s Hospital and the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, would like to invite GPs and pharmacists to attend a free professional development workshop on medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP) on the 13th of November.

The event will be held at Pelicans Landing in Williamstown, includes a complimentary dinner and is approved for four category two CDP points.

Please RSVP by Thursday the 9th November. For more information and to RSVP, visit the Primary Health Network website.

Open letter in support of marriage equality

Waustralian marriage equality logoomen’s Health West have submitted an open letter of support to Australian Marriage Equality in the lead up to the forthcoming postal survey on the topic.

Women’s Health West recognises the right of our LGBTIQ employees, clients and community to live and work free of prejudice and discrimination, and that this includes their right to marry the partner of their choice.

The letter can be read in full below.


25 August 2017

An open letter from Women’s Health West in support of marriage equality in Australia

Women’s Health West recognises the right of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) employees, clients and community to live and work free of prejudice and discrimination. This includes the right to marry the partner of their choice.

Women’s Health West is committed to supporting marriage equality. As we head towards the national postal survey, we believe it is important to recognise and acknowledge that marriage equality is a human right. Everyone has the right to be treated equally.

Our LGBTIQ community have the right to be proud of who they are, to be safe, and to access the same fundamental rights without discrimination. The outcome of this plebiscite will not change that; neither will the hate of those who oppose equality.

Our vision is of equity and justice for women in Melbourne’s west. Our LGBTIQ clients, staff and community need to have equal rights in every aspect of their lives in order for us to achieve this. Not only is marriage equality the right thing to do, it will also help improve our workplace and the services we deliver, by allowing everyone to be treated with equal respect and to feel included.

Women’s Health West stands with the LGBTIQ community in the west of Melbourne, and across Australia.

In solidarity,

Robyn Gregory
Chief Executive Officer
Women’s Health West

Recruitment open for innovative family violence program

Women’s Health West and LifeWorks are recruiting to a series of exciting roles to deliver our new, innovative family violence program called Keeping Safe Together.
 
Keeping Safe Together is a therapeutic demonstration project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and is being co-led by Women’s Health West and LifeWorks.
 
A first for Victoria, the program will provide intensive support to families who are experiencing family violence to help them recover and achieve a life free from violence. Keeping Safe Together is an evidence-informed program which focuses on the specific support needs of each member of the family, including men who use violence.
 
Keeping Safe Together will be initially delivered as a pilot program in both Melton and Wyndham, and is being supported through a partnership involving a range service providers across Melbourne’s western region including cohealth, Mackillop Family Services, Catholic Care, Good Shepherd and the Bouverie Centre.
 
We are currently advertising for a range of roles who will support the delivery of this new program.
 
The roles are all full-time, 12 months fixed term. Applicants wishing to apply for a secondment to the roles will also be considered.

Now recruiting through Women’s Health West:

  • Intensive Family Coordinator
  • Intensive Women’s Practitioner
To find out more or apply for these roles, please visit our ‘work with us’ page.

Now recruiting through LifeWorks:

  • Men’s Practitioner
  • Child Practitioner
  • Client Services Officer
To find out more or apply for these roles, please visit the LifeWorks website.
 

Launching today: new strategy to prevent violence against women

The Preventing Violence Together partnership is today launching its new strategy, Preventing Violence Together 2030: Western Region Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women.

Preventing Violence Together is a regional partnership made up of 19 organisations who work together to prevent violence against women across Melbourne’s west.

The strategy is being launched at the Substation in Newport by the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC. The event will also feature a keynote address from the Honourable Marsha Thomson, MP for Footscray.

The strategy will guide the work of the Preventing Violence Together partnership, by outlining actions and a shared vision: ‘women and girls across Melbourne’s west live free from violence and discrimination and have equal status, rights, opportunities, representation and respect’.

The strategy was developed following consultation with partners, service providers and communities of interest, to ensure it is relevant and tailored to the unique needs and context of Melbourne’s western region.

Dr Robyn Gregory, CEO of Women’s Health West, the Preventing Violence Together lead partner, said:

‘The new Preventing Violence Together 2030 strategy marks an increased commitment to undertake the long-term work required to prevent and eliminate men’s violence against women.

Violence against women is a gendered problem, with the majority of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and family violence in Australia perpetrated by men against women. It is a problem rooted in gender-based power inequalities between women and men.

We know violence against women is preventable. By working as part of this long established partnership across the west, we can take action to end men’s violence against women.’

The strategy is a coordinated, action-based approach to preventing violence against women across Melbourne’s west.

Download the complete strategy here (PDF), and download the accompanying background paper here (PDF).