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 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.
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)