News & Events
The Federal Minister for the Status of Women has released a summary of the women-specific initiatives in this year’s Australian budget. The Government is funding a range of measures across portfolios delivering improved gender equality outcomes, with a strong focus on increasing women’s participation in the workforce and their economic security.
Are you a young woman aged between 18 and 25? Women’s Health Victoria is seeking your input on an exciting new website we are developing. It’s about our ‘bits’ – we want to improve how young women feel about their genitals, by showing them what healthy, happy genitals look like.
We will be holding a focus group on Tuesday 16 April 3pm at our offices at Level 8, 255 Bourke St, Melbourne. Come along, tell us what you think would work, and we will give you a cinema voucher for your time. Please feel free to share this with your friends.
To register, please email email@example.com with ‘Focus Group’ in the subject line.
Please include your name and age in the body of the email.
Women’s Health Victoria is seeking a Project Officer (0.6 EFT for 3 months) to support the implementation, evaluation and promotion of the Take A Stand program which uses workplaces as the setting to prevent violence against women. More information about the role and the position description can be found on the employment page of the WHV website.
Applications close: 25 March 2013.
On International Women’s Day – 8th March 2013 – Women’s Health Victoria is inviting members of the public to contribute to the Feminism Wish List that showcases the aspirations and goals for women and men in striving towards women’s health, empowerment and equality.
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Women’s Health Victoria is running a social media campaign from 4-8 March to celebrate International Women’s Day. Each day of the campaign features resources and practical information on simple actions that can make a difference, such as responding to ads that objectify women, challenging everyday sexism and taking on inequitable policy and practice like the tampon tax. The campaign will culminate in the development of a ‘Feminism Wish List’ that showcases the aspirations and goals for women and men in striving towards women’s health, empowerment and equality.
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Women’s Health Victoria has produced a new Issues Paper on female genital cosmetic surgery. The paper aims to help generate debate among health professionals and advocates about how to respond to the emergence of these controversial procedures.
Female genital cosmetic surgery is the subject of a growing body of medical and feminist literature, and is also gaining prevalence in the mass media. As the number of women undertaking genital cosmetic surgery in Australia increases, Women’s Health Victoria is bringing together a group of expert speakers and panellists to explore this emerging issue, and its implications for women, society, and public health.
Forum Flyer (PDF 229 KB) – scheduled 6 February 2013
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
To receive information about our work on female genital cosmetic surgery, including our upcoming Issues Paper, please Contact Us
To celebrate the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, Women’s Health Victoria will be running an awareness campaign about violence against women, how we can prevent it, and action we can take. The 16 Days begins on 25 November to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on 10 December to coincide with International Human Rights Day.
BreaCan is an information and support service for women with gynaecological cancer or breast cancer, their families and friends. It is a statewide service which includes a Melbourne based resource centre and is part of Womens Health Victoria (WHV). We are seeking a dynamic and committed woman to lead the strategic development of BreaCan. More information about the role and the position description can be found on the employment page of the WHV website.
Applications close: 12 November 2012
Letter to the editor by Petra Begnell, Program and Strategic Development Manager – Prevention of Violence against Women, Women’s Health Victoria
Domestic violence is everyone’s business and everyone has a positive role to play in eliminating it. It is up to each and every one of us to take a stand and call people out when they say or do things that support domestic violence. There are things people do and say everyday that subtly support domestic violence, and by taking a stand against them everyone can help prevent domestic violence. From those ‘off’ jokes about women that we might laugh at – but deep down know they’re ‘off’ for a reason, to attacks on women in positions of power by figures in the media, to excusing violent behaviour as a ‘loss of control’, to ignoring violence inflicted on those close to us as ‘just a domestic’ – all this contributes to a culture where domestic violence is tolerated, and ultimately supported. Creating the change we want to see can help us shift towards a society where restraining orders, domestic violence and the murder of women at the hands of their current or ex-partner are things of the past.
An edited version appeared as Letter of the Week in the Herald Sun, 14/10/2012.