Women’s health outcomes are shaped by the unequal distribution of power and resources, discrimination, and harmful gender norms and practices. Examples of structural inequality include the under-representation of women in leadership roles, the gender pay gap and under-funding of programs and services for women (such as women’s refuges and women’s sports).
Gender norms and practices that support inequality include rigid stereotypes about how men and women should behave, and ideas about the roles that women and men should play in the home, the workplace and society.
Women’s Health Victoria works to challenge and shift these social norms, change laws and policies, and empower women, in order to produce more equal outcomes for everyone.
By promoting women’s equality, we can create a healthier, more equitable and safer Victoria.
Everyone stands to benefit from gender equality, including men, women and gender diverse people. Women experience specific forms of inequality based on sex and gender that negatively impact their health and wellbeing. That’s why Women’s Health Victoria focuses on strategies for achieving women’s equality specifically, as well as gender equity for all.