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Become a human rights change maker!

Our Community, Our Rights offers practical training for women from Burma on human rights, making change and Australian democracy. It will be fun, interactive and enable you to make change in your world.

We need to know what’s important to you to plan the best training, so during January and February 2013 we’ll be asking women from Burma who are living, working or studying in Melbourne’s west about:

  • Your experiences
  • What you want to change
  • Skills you need to do this
  • How you like to learn

Want to share your thoughts?

Interested in joining the discussion?

Want to get involved?

Please contact Shifrah Blustein on 9689 9588 or email shifrah@whwest.org.au


Caught between two cultures

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.


Action plan to prevent violence against women wins accolade

Health Minister David Davis presented Women’s Health West and consortium with the prestigious VicHealth award for the western region action plan to prevent violence against women last night

Preventing Violence Together: Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women was named the best project in the Building health through community and local government category in the 25th Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards.

Women’s Health West is the lead agency for the prevention of violence against women in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.


Why do we need a sexual and reproductive health strategy for the western region?

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


Annual general meeting

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?