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International Women’s Day Breakfast 2020 – A feminist approach to climate justice

About the event

We are delighted to announce Women’s Health West’s annual International Women’s Day breakfast for 2020.

This year, we will discuss what a feminist approach to climate justice looks like. The devastating impacts of climate change disproportionately affect marginalised communities. We will discuss the ways in which colonisation and capitalism lead to social and environmental injustice for these communities, but also the role we can play as feminists in the fight towards climate justice.

Please note that this event will be Auslan interpreted.

Date: Tuesday 3 March 2020
Time: Breakfast from 8.30am, speakers start at 9.00am. Event ends approx. 10.30am
Venue: MetroWest, 138 Nicholson St, Footscray VIC 3011
Cost: Free
Register: Please RSVP via our Eventbrite listing.


We are thrilled to announce that we will be joined by some incredible speakers who will share their thoughts with us! There will also be a chance to ask the speakers some questions during then event.

Lidia Thorpe – former Greens MP for Northcote

Lidia Thorpe is a Gunnai-Kurnai and Gunditjmara woman, who was the first Aboriginal woman voted into Victorian Parliament. Lidia is the former Greens MP for Northcote, is a mother and grandmother living on Wurundjeri Country and environmental activist.

Lidia’s first speech in state parliament was absolutely incredible, and highly recommended viewing if you missed it at the time. We also encourage you to check out Lidia’s social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) to follow the work she has been doing around climate and social justice. 

Dr Debra Parkinson – Gender and Disaster Pod

Dr Debra Parkinson is the Manager of the Gender and Disaster Pod (GAD Pod) an initiative of two Victorian Women’s Health organisations: Women’s Health Goulburn North East  and Women’s Health In the North, working in partnership with the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative.

The GAD Pod was formally established in 2015 to promote an understanding of the role gender plays in survivor responses to natural disaster, and to embed these insights into emergency management practice.


We’ll be serving a light breakfast and refreshments from 8:30 am. Event attendance is free but please RSVP so that we can cater accordingly. 


We are excited to announce that this year’s event will be held at VU’s MetroWest, located on Nicholson St, Footscray.

The venue is easily accessible by train (Footscray Station) and by tram (82 tram). Click here for a full list of public transport and parking options.

Then venue is wheelchair accessible.

Spread the word

We invite you to bring along someone who might not usually celebrate International Women’s Day. Bring a friend, a colleague, a neighbour or partner! We believe women’s voices should be heard by all – not just by women – and if we can diversify our audience we will know we’re making real strides towards our goal of gender equity.

Northwest FARREP Partnership Zero Tolerance Day Statement

Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Cutting. Female genital cutting or circumcision is the partial or complete removal of the external female genital organs. It is done for cultural rather than medical reasons.

Women’s Health West is part of the Northwest Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARREP) Partnership. The Northwest FARREP Partnership was established in 2013 to ensure we work together to stop female genital cutting before it occurs in our community .

Together, we aim to work with communities who traditionally practice female genital cutting to strengthen their knowledge about the practice and support attitude and cultural change to prevent it from happening in the future. 

Female genital cutting is a complex and sensitive subject that can impact women’s lives at any age – not just in their reproductive years. We believe that in order to eradicate female genital cutting, there must be a holistic, community-based and community-led approach that is culturally safe and delivered in a sexual and reproductive health context.

Invasion Day Statement

Women’s Health West acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as Australia’s First Peoples and the Traditional owners and custodians of the land and water in which we live, work and play.

On 26 January, we stand in solidarity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

We recognise that 26 January is not a celebration for all Australians. This day marks the unlawful invasion of Australia that resulted in the genocide of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and the dispossession of their lands and cultures.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities continue to show strength and resilience in the face of ongoing colonisation, dispossession, intergenerational trauma, racism, oppression and the removal from family and community. This continues to have a profoundly detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We also recognise the highly important role Aboriginal women play in improving the health and wellbeing of their communities.

We will always value the voices and contributions of Aboriginal communities leading the movement for equity, justice and self-determination. Women’s Health West is hopeful for, and committed to reconciliation.

The Invasion Day rally will be taking place in Melbourne on Sunday, and Women’s Health West staff will march with First Nations Peoples and allies. Sovereignty was never ceded.

Vale former Victorian Premier John Cain

Women’s Health West staff were saddened to hear of the passing of John Cain, Victoria’s longest serving Premier from 1982 until 1990.


WHW AGM and Annual Conversation 2019

Our 2019 AGM and annual conversation looked at how we can ensure that our clients who are at a higher risk of experiencing family violence, are at the centre of the work we do.

The conversation was lead by Tasneem Chopra and included incredible insights from Jax Jacki Brown, Karla McGrady and Nevo Zisin.