The Lancet, Gender Equality, Norms, and Health Steering Committee, Published May 30, 2019
Women’s Health Victoria, Issues Paper No. 14, December 2018
The aim of this issues paper is to provide an overview of significant literature
currently published on the nature of gender portrayals in advertising, and the
impacts of these representations on women’s health and wellbeing, gender
inequality and attitudes and behaviours that support violence against women.
This issues paper found that the continued use of gender stereotypes
and increasing reliance on images that sexualise and objectify women in
advertisements undermines efforts to promote gender equality in Australia.
Gender-stereotyped portrayals limit the aspirations, expectations, interests and
participation of women and men in our society. These portrayals are associated
with a range of negative health and wellbeing outcomes and are highly
problematic for the prevention of family violence and other forms of violence
The studies cited in this paper demonstrate that there is a clear business
case for change. Brands, businesses and creative agencies can benefit from
portraying both women and men proportionately, respectfully and realistically.
ABC News, By Samantha Selinger-Morris
Studies show people in same-sex relationships experience domestic violence at similar — and possibly higher — rates as opposite-sex couples.
But until recently survivors have suffered in silence and worse, been ignored and misunderstood by the health professionals and police who are supposed to help them, because of the persistent stigma and shame surrounding LGBT abuse and misconceptions that especially lesbian couples are immune from it.
Women’s Health West. 2018
This resource is for community members or groups who are planning to undertake actions to prevent men’s violence against women.
This resource details practical things you can do every day to prevent men’s violence against women. It also includes important information to consider before you take action, as well as links to further resources.
There is widespread concern about the sexual ‘vulnerability’ of young people with intellectual disabilities, but little evidence relating to sexual activity and sexual health.
This paper describes a secondary analysis of the nationally representative longitudinal Next Steps study (formerly the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England), investigating sexual activity and sexual health amongst young people with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities. This analysis investigated family socio-economic position, young person socio-economic position, household composition, area deprivation, peer victimisation, friendships, sexual activity, unsafe sex, STIs, pregnancy outcomes and parenting.
Most young people with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities have had sexual intercourse by age 19/20, although young women were less likely to have sex prior to 16 than their peers and both men and women with intellectual disabilities were more likely to have unsafe sex 50% or more of the time than their peers. Women with intellectual disabilities were likely to have been pregnant and more likely to be a mother.
Most young people with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities have sex and are more likely to have unsafe sex than their peers. Education and health services need to operate on the assumption that most young people with mild/moderate intellectual disabilities will have sex.
Rosie, a national harm prevention initiative by the Dugdale Trust for Women & Girls.
Rosie in the Classroom is an educational program based on the original Rosie Videos, created to assist teachers in talking about difficult but important topics.
Topics like sexting or respect in relationships should be incorporated into the curriculum so that all teenagers are aware of their rights and can encourage respect within their school community. Each module includes a downloadable lesson plan and video which can be screened in class.
These lesson plans have been written by Briony O’Keeffe, lead teacher at Fitzroy High School and facilitator of the Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective.