OUR WORK

Gender Equity

Gender Equity is the tool to achieve Gender Equality. Gender Equity is one of four priority work areas of Gippsland Women’s Health, along with the Prevention of Violence Against Women, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Violence System Leadership.

Gender Equity

It is increasingly recognised that sex and gender influence people’s health and wellbeing (State of Victoria, 2015). In addition, international research has shown that gender inequality consistently predicts violence against women, with lower rates of violence against women in countries with greater economic, social and political rights for women. The goal of our work in Gender Equity is for all women in Gippsland to enjoy optimal health and wellbeing as a result of an environment that promotes and practices gender equity.

Gender Equality during COVID-19

Women’s roles are fundamental to keeping our communities safe and functioning. It is important to recognise the increasing pressure on women. The cumulative impact of disasters on women, particularly in East Gippsland communities who have been impacted by drought, fire and now COVID-19 pandemic, with rural and remote communities already severely disadvantaged. Read more Gender Equality during COVID-19.

Advocating for Gender Equity

Aligning with our strategic priority of Lead and Influence, advocacy is an important strategy that we utilise to address gender inequality in Gippsland. Our advocacy activities are highlighted below.

Political Engagement

Political engagement in the lead-up to the last state and federal elections, GWH conducted advocacy campaigns asking for candidates and the community to help us take action for an equal and respectful Gippsland for women. The federal campaign included the development of videos, a brochure and social media messages that highlighted our priorities for government action. Prior to the election, all Gippsland candidates were approached by GWH and were asked to commit to four key priority action areas: Creating Gender Equality; Women’s Sexual Health & Reproductive Choice; Preventing Violence Against Women; and Ending Family Violence. We continue to advocate for these priorities at local, state and federal levels.

Submissions

An important advocacy activity is to research, develop and write submissions for state and national Royal Commissions, inquiries, and for strategy and plan development. With consideration of the unique challenges and needs of women in Gippsland, seven submissions were completed in 2018-19. GWH also collaborated with other women’s health services on specific submissions. Read our recent submissions.

Gippsland Gender Equality Report

GWH is developing a report to identify the unique challenges experienced by women in Gippsland and to highlight areas of gender inequality. The report includes the demographics of women in Gippsland, number of women living in poverty, rates of family violence, sexual offences and stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour, attitudes towards gender-equal relationships, amount of unpaid work completed by women and men and women in leadership positions. By establishing a benchmark, this report will be a measure by which we can ensure progress is being made towards gender equality. Download the Gender Equality Report (Summary)