The theme of equity and social justice cuts across everything we do at Women’s Health West – from decisions made in the board room to how we deliver services, plan our programs and set our budget. In 2012, we reviewed and updated our strategic plan. We refined our goals while the vision set by the board of directors, staff, funders and our communities of interest remained unchanged – equity and justice for women in the west.
The extensive consultation process and environmental scanning confirmed that, despite our best efforts, our ambitious vision remains out of reach. For example, last year we faced statewide cuts to health promotion funding and increasing demands on already stretched family violence services. Pleasingly though, we saw progress in the form of an equal remuneration order designed to increase pay rates for social and community sector workers, and the adoption of a state action plan to address violence against women and children.