WHW are committed to being an inclusive, intersectional feminist organisation. It is this commitment that led us to commencing our journey towards Rainbow Tick accreditation in mid- 2018.
Developed by Rainbow Health Victoria, the Rainbow Tick is a set of standards that we are working towards to ensure that we are committed to safe and inclusive practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) people in our community. Working towards Rainbow Tick accreditation means that we aim to be formally accredited as an organisation whose services are inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community; and is a way that we can demonstrate our commitment to LGBTQIA+ pride and diversity.
Expanding our service delivery to meet the needs of LGBTQIA+ people in primary prevention and family violence response
Our clients and communities are the groups that we exist to support, and how we define them articulates what inclusive feminism and intersectionality mean to us. We recognise that Melbourne’s west is not homogenous, which is why we talk about communities rather than a singular community.
We specifically note the inclusion of members of LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as children and young people, in our service cohort, reflecting evolving understandings of gender identity and power, alongside the overwhelming impact of family violence on women.
Women remain at the centre of what we do. We are also committed to creating safe programs and spaces for our LGBTQIA+ communities.
Next steps to Rainbow Tick accreditation
WHW will look to achieve our Rainbow Tick accreditation in late 2022. However, the accreditation does not mark the end of our journey towards becoming a diverse and accessible organisation. Over the coming months, we’ll be reviewing our constitution and looking at how we embody intersectionality, diversity and access across the whole organisation.