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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.

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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.

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WHW call for continued funding for Family Violence Prevention Legal Service

The federal government’s decision to defund the National Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services Forum (National FVPLS) is unjustified and must be immediately reversed.

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