A sexual and reproductive health program for young African women
Women’s Health West runs a family and reproductive rights education program (FARREP) designed to prevent female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and enhance service provision to women already affected by the practice.
This includes community education sessions designed for mothers and pregnant women who have migrated from African countries that practice FGM/C. The sessions focus on sexual and reproductive health and other women’s health concerns.
Melbourne’s western region is home to many communities that are disproportionately affected by sexual and reproductive ill health.
Action is needed here because our region:
- Features two of Melbourne’s four designated ‘growth corridors’, resulting in an exponential population growth that exerts enormous pressure on service provision
- Reported a 64 per cent increase in chlamydia notifications between 2008 and 2011
- Is home to one in four of Melbourne’s teenage parents
- Shows an emerging street sex trade in Footscray, which is associated with drug dependence and injecting drug use
- Hosts five of Victoria’s 14 prisons; this large prison population is known to have poorer sexual and reproductive health outcomes than the general population
Join us for a feminist debate on Wednesday 28 November 2012 as we examine the statement:
Children’s health, safety and wellbeing is intrinsically linked to that of women
- Does promoting women’s link with children as intrinsic act against the interests of feminism by excluding men and tying women’s identity and status to mothering?
- If you strengthen a woman’s capacity to have control over her decisions and her life, do you increase her capacity to keep her kids safe?
- Are children’s rights distinct from women’s rights?