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The most inspiring and thought-provoking tweets about International Women's Day

“March 8 is International Women’s Day, and in 2017 the theme is ‘Be Bold for Change’. We have collected the smartest, funniest, most inspiring and most thought-provoking tweets, so you can see how people are marking the occasion around the world.”

Article: SBS Online (03/2017)


A deeper perception of health data

A vital women’s’ health programme in Victoria is being boosted through an improved solution that provides easy visualisation of data.

“Access to reliable data is critical to our efforts to improve health outcomes. It is an important tool in program and policy design and evaluation. Until now we haven’t been able to easily access gender-specific data on key health issues,” said Rita Butera, Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria.

“The Victorian Women’s Health Atlas makes visible the differing experiences of women and men and provides an evidence base for planning and monitoring which will contribute to lasting improvements in women’s health.”

Article: Government Technology Review (07/2016) – page 17


Classes will help women with cancer regain mobility and strength

A free exercise program for women with breast or gynaecological cancer is about to start in Mill Park.

Stepping into Wellness will offer women the opportunity to learn gentle exercises, as well as meet other women who have been through similar cancer ­experiences.

The program is run by BreaCan, a support service for Victorian women living with breast and gynaecological cancer.

Article: Whittlesea Leader (27/04/2016)


Does your vulva hurt? : you could have vulvodynia

… Around 16% of women will have vulvar pain lasting longer than three months. They aren’t neurotic or promiscuous. It’s likely they are suffering from a condition called vulvodynia …

… [Diagram of female external genitalia] ‘The vulva refers to the external genitalia of females’. The Labia Library / Women’s Health Victoria …

Article: The Conversation (02/06/2016)


Family Violence Steering Committee unveiled to overhaul our broken system

The announcement today of the membership of the Family Violence Steering Committee marks the next phase of the reform agenda, with the Government working with the community to review and implement the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Rita Butera, Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria, is one of 21 newly-appointed Committee members that will work with the Victorian Government to co-design a new family violence system.

Media Release: Premier of Victoria (18/05/2016)


Breast cancer survivors offer Bridge of Support for current sufferers at Sunshine Hospital

… Mrs Lowe is a volunteer with BreaCan’s new Bridge of Support program at Sunshine Hospital. The program sees specially-trained woman who have lived through breast cancer offer support and information to breast cancer patients …

… the program is hoped to reach up to 300 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer each year at Western Health …

Article: Brimbank Leader (20/04/2016)


Encouraging gender stereotypes isn’t harmless

WHV Letter to the Editor

In response to article: ‘Barbie dolls don’t cause domestic violence’ Crikey, 7 April, 2016.


“The consensus is clear that violence against women is driven by gender inequality. The World Health Organisation, Our Watch (Australia’s national body for prevention of violence against women) and the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence all agree. The current Senate Inquiry provides an opportunity to investigate how the media, entertainment, education and yes, toys, contribute to gender inequality.

No-one is suggesting that playing with trucks will turn a boy into an abuser or that playing with dolls will turn a girl into a victim of domestic violence. But toys, children’s books and films that show boys as leaders, stars and adventurers, and girls as carers, mothers and objects of male desire reinforce gender stereotypes that contribute to a broader culture of sexism and inequality.

It has taken decades, if not centuries, for the issue of domestic violence to be taken seriously in Australia. 18 women have been murdered already in 2016. We should be leaving no stone unturned, not mocking efforts to better understand and respond to this complicated issue."

Rita Butera

Executive Director, Women’s Health Victoria


Published in Crikey, 08/04/2016.


Labiaplasty : online video could deter women from seeking surgery, study finds

A new Australian study has found improving women’s understanding of the diversity in genital appearance – and dissuading them from having unnecessary surgery – could be as simple as showing them a free online video.

… “But it was important, [Dr. Kirkman] said, to circulate resources like the Hungry Beast video and Women’s Health Victoria’s Labia Library initiative to help women understand that a normal vulva is different for everyone.” …

Article: ABC Online (18/01/2016)


Melton tops regional teen pregnancy list

The recently published Victorian Women’s Health Atlas found, for every 1000 women who gave birth in Melton last year, almost 13 were teenagers – 40 per cent higher than the western metropolitan average.

Women’s Health Victoria Chief Executive Rita Butera, who oversaw the compilation of the health atlas, said teenagers and women in outer suburbia face difficulties accessing contraception, including emergency contraceptives …

… Ms Butera said it was important women’s services access young people to talk about contraception in a bid to curb unwanted and unplanned pregnancies …

Article: Star Weekly (Melton and Moorabool) (27/11/2015)


Victorian Upper House passes abortion clinic protest buffer zone law

A ban on protesters going within 150 metres of abortion clinics has become law in Victoria after the upper house voted overwhelmingly in favour of the bill.

“Thanks to the bill, women making personal and often difficult health decisions in relation to pregnancy can expect the same degree of privacy, safety and dignity that all Victorians are entitled to when accessing health services,” Rita Butera, Executive Director of Women’s Health Victoria, said.

Article: The Age (27/11/2015)


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