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.
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.
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
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.
Women's Health West acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, the people of the Kulin Nation, and we pay our respects to Elders and community members past and present. We express solidarity with the ongoing struggle for land rights, self-determination, sovereignty and the recognition of past injustices. We express our hope for reconciliation and justice.
Women's Health West acknowledges the support of a number of funding bodies including: