What is Superheroes of Sexual and Reproductive Health?
In September last year, the Good Health Down South partnership, led by WHISE showcased the superpowers of four passionate women who advocate for and work in sexual and reproductive health. Superheroes of Sexual and Reproductive Health is part of a larger social media campaign that Women's Health Services across Victoria have participated in.
Throughout the week, we profiled each of our superheroes as well as shared important information and dispelled myths about sexually transmitted infections, contraception, abortion, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and other sexual health concerns.
The campaign marks two internationally significant days - World Contraception Day and International Safe Abortion Day and forms part of the Southern Metropolitan Region's Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy.
WHISE encouraged the community to get behind this campaign by accessing the Superheroes social media toolkit, sharing and using the hashtags: #SuperheroesofSRH #SRHWeek2019
Meet the superheroes
Meet our superheroes of sexual and reproductive health! They are health professionals who come from all walks of life but share a common passion for empowering women to have control over their sexual and reproductive health.
Read more about how they fight for women's sexual health in the southeast:
Why is Jess a champion of sexual and reproductive health?
Jess is a health promotion officer at Women’s Health in the South East who understands the value of empowering women to have control over their sexual and reproductive health. A large part of her role is to lead and coordinate the sexual and reproductive health regional strategy ‘Good Health Down South’. The strategy brings together experts from a variety of organisations in the southeast who share a passion for improving sexual and reproductive health. Jess also facilitates Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships (SL&RR), a program that engages people with an intellectual disability in a conversation about how to navigate respectful sexual relationships.
What does Jess love most about her work?
The opportunity to work with like-minded people who are collaborative is an aspect of her role she really values. As Jess was growing up, the sexual health education she and so many others received was very limited. So for Jess, she’s excited about the shift that’s now taking place around conversations that normalise periods, pleasure, consent and respectful relationships.
The biggest sexual and reproductive health issues facing women in the southeast?
Through her work, Jess believes that the difficulty in accessing sexual and reproductive health services, especially for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, is a real barrier here and across Victoria.
Why do we need more superheroes like Jess?
While Victoria is one of the healthiest populations in the world, many of us experience poor sexual and reproductive health, which continues to rise despite being preventable!
In Australia, over half of all pregnancies are unplanned, chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. While these figures are quite alarming we can combat these issues by looking at the underlying causes.
Social Media Toolkit
The Good Health Down South partnership has compiled a Superheroes social media toolkit for individuals and organisations looking to participate in Superheroes of Sexual and Reproductive Health.
The toolkit includes downloadable images, captions and four superhero profiles that can be shared across the seven days. Links to video clips, relevant websites and resources have also been included to strengthen the messages. The captions can be used for Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and shortened for Twitter.