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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.

New Submission to Sexual Assault Reform

Earlier this year Women’s Health Matters undertook a survey about ACT women’s experiences of seeking help following a sexual assault. This was done to complement our research in 2016 on women’s experiences of seeking help for domestic violence, and also to inform the ACT Government’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program which was formed in early this year.

The aim of our research was to understand the needs of ACT women who have been sexually assaulted and the way they approach seeking help in the ACT – and an important part this was to gain an understanding of women’s views on what worked and what didn’t, and their suggestions for how the response system could be improved to better support women seeking supports for mental and physical health, community support, and police and legal services.

We would like to acknowledge our Health Promotion Officer Pip Courtney-Bailey for leading the survey, Health Promotion Officer Julia Tran for the analysis and the Office for Family Safety in assisting us recently finalise the report.

Click here to read our submission including the findings from the survey of ACT women’s experiences of seeking help after a sexual assault.

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Do you know a local woman who deserves to be recognised for their outstanding work in our community?Nominations for the ACT Women’s Awards have been extended until Sunday 23 January. The ACT Women’s Awards honour individual women who have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in the ACT. Each year the awards recognise an:👩 ACT Woman of the Year👩 ACT Young Woman of the Year👩 ACT Senior Woman of the YearNominations can be made here 👉 bit.ly/3rwxyZw ... See MoreSee Less
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The ‘Her Way’ recommendation report has been released and authored by Dr Marisa Paterson MLA‘Her Way’ is a campaign to support women to take up active travel in Dr Paterson’s electorate and from Canberra’s southside. At Women’s Health Matters, we believe transport and public spaces must be gender sensitive!The way we use and experience transport and public spaces is gendered. Women may need different things from transport to drop off kids at care or go to health appointments. Women and people of marginalised genders also experience the safety of public spaces differently than men. Stay tuned for how we’re helping to contribute to improvements to Canberra’s transport options. Her Way report 👉 bit.ly/3e8z3qn ... See MoreSee Less
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The APS has released their report ‘Realising the benefits for all – APS Gender Equality Strategy 2021-26’.The Australian Public Service is a major employer of ACT women, and we’re encouraged to see gender equality being promoted in their workplaces. Promoting gender equitable cultures and structures is key to preventing gender-based violence.The priorities of the strategy are:• Leadership and accountability• Respectful workplaces and empowered people• Shifting gender stereotypes• Flexible ways of working• Gender data• Leveraging external influence. You can read the full strategy here: bit.ly/3lZfoxj ... See MoreSee Less
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