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WHISE Calls for Action: Championing Gender Equality and Respect After Yarra Valley Grammar Incident

In the wake of the deeply disturbing incident at Melbourne’s Yarra Valley Grammar School involving the objectification of female students, Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) recognises the need for a community-wide discussion centered around a positive future vision for young men and boys.  Kit McMahon, CEO of WHISE, acknowledged the gravity of the…

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Expression of Interest: Join the Training for Respect Industry and Stakeholder Advisory Committee

We’re reaching out to the vibrant and diverse community within Victoria’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, including students and professionals within Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), to extend an invitation to join the “Training for Respect Industry and Stakeholder Advisory Committee.” This project, supported by the WorkWell Respect Fund, is crucial for developing insights and…

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A Statement from WHISE on War, Peace and Security and its impact on women and children

As an intersectional feminist organisation committed to advancing the health, well-being, and safety of women, children and their communities, WHISE is deeply concerned about all the ongoing wars and armed conflicts across the world. It is crucial to acknowledge the disproportionate impact that power imbalances and access to military weapons have in perpetuating violence and…

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IWD 2024 Speech – Dr Rachel Bush

International Women’s Day Speech by Dr Rachel Bush, Evidence and Policy Lead   Looking back  Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress. Because women’s economic empowerment is central to a gender equal world. Let’s take a moment and look back at 1928 when, in Australia, women called for equal pay for equal work, an…

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IWD 2024 Speech – Kit McMahon, WHISE CEO

International Women’s Day Speech by Kit McMahon, WHISE CEO Opening  Before we begin, I do want to thank Jillian for her warm and gracious welcome to country and want to also acknowledge that we are on traditional lands of Bunurong People   I was born on the lands of the Eastern Maar, had my children and…

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WHISE Advocates for Comprehensive Support in Senate Inquiry on Menopause and Perimenopause

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the Senate Inquiry into issues related to menopause and perimenopause. With a critical focus on addressing gendered health inequities, WHISE’s submission highlights the need for urgent systematic reforms to ensure all women and gender diverse people have access to healthcare services…

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WHISE welcomes release of pay gap data, launches resource on how to close gap on International Women’s Day

The recent release of gender pay gap data from 5,000 private sector employers by the national Women’s Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has sparked heightened interest, with its unveiling marking a substantial advancement in our collective efforts to promote gender equality. “More than just the release of the data is the discussion and debate that surrounds…

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Media Release: Call for Continued investment in Health Promotion and Primary Prevention

Victorian Government Enters Final Phase of 10-year Plan for Change As the public consultation on “Strong foundations: building on Victoria’s work to end family violence” closes, WHISE (Women s Health in the South East) has contributed an in-depth submission to the Victorian Government as it seeks input to help identify the actions it should prioritise…

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26 January Statement

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First Peoples and the Traditional Owners of the lands, waterways and skies where we live, work, rest and play.   Australia Day is the annual, official National Day of Australia and has been observed on 26 January since 1994. It marks…