Women’s rights are human rights: what are the priorities?

20 February 2015

This international women’s day Women’s Health West will ask how it’s possible to enact your rights in everyday life. You’ll see short films, engage in a lively panel discussion, and enjoy international performances and food. Come at 3.45pm and stay til 6pm on Wednesday 4 March 2015 at VU at MetroWest in Footscray. The event is free of charge.

‘International Women’s Day is a great time to reflect on the status of women. There are many positives this year with Rosie Batty recognised as Australian of the Year, the Royal Commission into Family Violence shining a welcome spotlight on the matter in Victoria and the conversation growing globally. For the first time ever, Queensland parliament has more women than men and includes the first female Indigenous MP…’ said Dr Robyn Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Women’s Health West.

‘On the other hand, one woman a week is killed by her partner or ex-partner. Australia’s Minister for Women is a man. Only two of the thirty federal cabinet ministers are women, and women are paid 17 per cent less than men for the same work.

‘So this International Women’s Day we’ve focussed on human rights. We want women to walk away from this event thinking, “What can I change in my community?” and to know where to start.’

We’ll show three films that trace the experiences of local women involved a WHW-run human rights program that covered racism and discrimination, health, rights at work and in education, and safety.

The most important things women wanted to do were:

  • Identify solutions to family violence
  • Prevent door-to-door sales teams from targeting newly-arrived communities
  • Inform international students of their rights

As one participant said,

‘I have always wanted to be a part of “change” that positively affects the lives of vulnerable women and children. This project has given me the opportunity of time, resources and fellowship of like-minded women to make it a reality’.

Resources will be available at the event for the community to understand their rights and for service providers to work more effectively with women from their communities. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to wear traditional dress. Child minding provided. RSVP at www.whwest.org.au for catering purposes.


Event details

Wednesday 4 March 2015, 3.45pm – 6pm

VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray, Victoria 3011



Contact Nicola Harte, Communications Manager on 9689 9588 or email nicolah(at)whwest.org.au