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Women’s Health Matters is an independent, non-partisan think tank that works to improve the health and wellbeing of women in the ACT and surrounding region.

We advocate on behalf of all ACT women, especially those experiencing disadvantage and vulnerability.

We seek to improve the health and wellbeing of anyone who identifies as a woman.

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Women’s Health Matters is committed to reconciliation and acknowledges the First Australians whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history, as the traditional custodians of this continent. We also recognise the history of dispossession experienced by the First Australians and the impact this has and continues to have on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We recognise the Ngunnawal People as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise the strength of Aboriginal women and their continuing connection and contribution to this land, these waters, and our communities. May we walk gently and treat the earth and each other with care and respect.

Drink spiking, consent and survey into domestic violence responses

In recent months, Canberra has had a reckoning when it comes to the treatment of women.

A local group focused on the welfare of women in the ACT and surrounding regions is tackling the issue head on.

Women’s Health Matters has been surveying women about their experiences with sexual assault, and how they’ve sought help afterwards.

CEO of Women’s Health Matters Marcia Williams spoke to Breakfast host Lish Fejer about drink spiking, consent and the experiences of Canberran women.

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The 15th of June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day that recognises the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. Older people, particularly older women, play an important role in our community, and this day aims to highlight their significant contribution and meaningful impact. To discuss and raise awareness of this important issue, Communities@Work and the ACT government are hosting an event featuring a panel discussion to be opened by Minister Emma Davidson and facilitated by COTA ACT.The panel will include speakers from the Australian Federal Police, the ACT Human Rights Commission, ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service, Relationships Australia, and Public Trustee and Guardian.The event details are as follows;Date: Monday 21 JuneTime: From 10:00 am Location: Weston Creek Community CentreMore information and registration: www.commsatwork.org/whats-on-program-calendars/news/world-elder-abuse-awareness-day-expo-weaad-expo/ Women’s Health Matters is proud to work with older women in the ACT to listen to their experiences related to their health and wellbeing. We are committed to standing up against Elder Abuse. There is no place for it in the ACT and Australia. For more information about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, visit elderabuseawarenessday.org.au#womenshealthmatters #WorldElderAbuseAwarenessDay ... See MoreSee Less
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"The scale of the impacts on women in my own city as the economic effects [from COVID-19] could have been quantified from Women's Centre for Health Matters research from 2019 on women at risk of poverty in Canberra."Minister Emma Davidson reflects on her experience navigating and witnessing insecurity in New York City and her home city in Canberra. She comments on the devastation she felt knowing the consequences of seclusion and isolation for women experiencing domestic and family violence in the ACT.She adds it is the responsibility of governments to evolve and take new approaches to leadership, suggesting that "we must embrace the uncomfortable in order to grow."You can watch her full address below.You can also check out the report mentioned 'Below the surface: The hidden women in the ACT in middle income households at risk of ending up in poverty here >>> www.womenshealthmatters.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Below-the-surface-2019.pdf#womenshealthmatters ... See MoreSee Less
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