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Women and Climate Change: A Conversation
To celebrate International Women’s Day 2010, WHIN organised an afternoon of conversation, theatre and Q&A on the topic of how climate change affects women in different ways to men. In partnership with Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action and Friends of the Earth, ‘Women and Climate Change: A Conversation’ was held on Saturday 13 March at the Coburg Concert Hall, Moreland Civic Centre.
This free event brought together a guest panel of community and environmental specialists, plus a performance by Brunswick Women’s Theatre, followed by afternoon tea.
Women focus on Banyule elections
Women’s Health In the North, with the help of other women’s health agencies, wants those competing in the November 29 elections to know what women expect from them and it has canvassed the thoughts of women from across the northern suburbs.
Council Action on Women’s Health
Northern region councils are stepping up their support for women’s health, following a campaign led by WHIN in collaboration with other women’s health organisations across Victoria for councils to commit to the Safe, Well and Connected: Victorian Local Government Action Plan for Women's Health 2008–2012.
Yarra and Darebin Councils have now voted to establish women’s committees to promote leadership on issues affecting the wellbeing of women such as domestic violence; single parenting; depression, drug and alcohol dependence; lower incomes and poverty. These committees are an important undertaking WHIN has been lobbying for and would like to see in other areas.
Affair where loss certain
Gambling on the pokies is like having an illicit love affair – only it’s with a machine rather than a person, says a reformed addict. “Just like in an affair, you go behind everyone’s back to meet up and lie about where you’re going and when you’re away from it you dream about various winning combinations,” she said.
Four women share their struggles to resist the pokies in a documentary film made by Women’s Health In the North in Thornbury and directed by filmmaker Toni Bentley.
Members Meet For Film Event
WHIN held a member’s screening of Love Control, a popular short film aimed at young women about the early warning signs of abusive relationships, followed by a guest presentation and Q&A on Thursday 25 March.
Love Control was produced by WHIN and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) and was funded by the Victorian Women’s Trust. It is suitable as a classroom resource and WHIN has distributed Love Control to more than 40 agencies and school project officers across Victoria and internationally.
View Love Control online.
Visit Northern Integrated Family Violence Services (NIFVS) for more information.
Family Violence Help Cards for CALD and Aboriginal Communities Launched
The Women’s and Men’s Family Violence Help Cards in twelve community languages and a specific card for the Aboriginal community were launched on 17th June by Minister Maxine Morand at Darebin Arts Centre. The launch was a well-attended and well-organised event which highlighted the importance of the help cards for women and men requiring assistance.
The cards have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Dinka, Hindi, Macedonian, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish and Vietnamese, and have also been tailored for the Indigenous community.
National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women's Health Strategy Launched
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Strategy was launched at the 6th Australian Women's Health Conference with the reminder to us that the ‘denial of Aboriginal people’s connection to land and their knowledge continues to perpetuate injustices in Aboriginal people’s experience’ and continues to compromise the health of Aboriginal women. (Jo Willmot, Practice Leader, Indigenous Projects, Relationships Australia, S.A.)
To read it click here.
WHIN at the 6th Australian Women's Health Conference
18–21 May 2010, Hobart, Tasmania
WHIN staff recently attended the sixth Australian Women’s Health conference held in Hobart which offered a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about the exciting work being undertaken in Women’s Health in other countries and around Australia and to showcase some of WHIN’s work and thinking as well.
The major focus of the Conference, entitled Women’s Health: The New National Agenda, was to continue the work of getting women’s health as a priority issue onto the public agenda. It provided an opportunity for individuals, organisations and services involved in, and concerned with women’s health to contribute to international dialogue, share ideas, knowledge and practice.
WHIN presented three papers at the Conference.