He, she, or … ? Gender-neutral pronouns reduce biases – study

The Guardian, Tue 6 Aug 2019 

A new study has found that using a gender-neutral pronoun reduces mental biases that favour men, and boosts positive feelings towards women and LGBT people.

The finding marks an easy win, the researchers believe, and shows how a minor change in language can help chip away at long-standing gender inequities.

 

Disrupting gender norms in health systems: making the case for change

The Lancet, Gender Equality, Norms, and Health Steering Committee, Published May 30, 2019

Summary

Restrictive gender norms and gender inequalities are replicated and reinforced in health systems, contributing to gender inequalities in health.
In this Series paper, we explore how to address all three through recognition and then with disruptive solutions.
We used intersectional feminist theory to guide our systematic reviews, qualitative case studies based on lived experiences, and quantitative analyses based on cross-sectional and evaluation research.
We found that health systems reinforce patients’ traditional gender roles and neglect gender inequalities in health, health system models and clinic-based programmes are rarely gender responsive, and women have less authority as health workers than men and are often devalued and abused.
With regard to potential for disruption, we found that gender equality policies are associated with greater representation of female physicians, which in turn is associated with better health outcomes, but that gender parity is insufficient to achieve gender equality. We found that institutional support and respect of nurses improves quality of care, and that women’s empowerment collectives can increase health-care access and provider responsiveness.
We see promise from social movements in supporting women’s reproductive rights and policies. Our findings suggest we must view gender as a fundamental factor that predetermines and shapes health systems and outcomes. Without addressing the role of restrictive gender norms and gender inequalities within and outside health systems, we will not reach our collective ambitions of universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. We propose action to systematically identify and address restrictive gender norms and gender inequalities in health systems.

Let’s make it mandatory to teach respectful relationships in every Australian school

The Conversation, May 28, 2019 5.45am AEST

Media reports of findings from the latest National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey caused a stir in recent days, with some highlighting the importance of education programs to teach young people about gender-based violence.

Schools play a significant role in educating young people about gender-based violence and helping change the underlying attitudes that lead to it.

16 days of activism events: Charles Sturt is Saying No to Domestic and Family Violence

City of Charles Sturt, November 2018

Charles Sturt is partnering with local community groups, sports clubs, schools, businesses and key stakeholders to raise awareness and implement violence prevention activities. Several activities are planned for the 16 days of activism from the 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day).  The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to stimulate action to end violence around the world.

Act of love

Twelve artists have been paired up with members in our community affected by domestic and family violence to paint their portrait. The portraits are a thoughtful portrayal of a larger story capturing exhibition. The Act of Love is the interchange between the artist and the sitter, with the finished portrait being gifted to the sitter at the end of the exhibition.

Clothesline Project

Community members are encouraged to share their unique and empowering responses to Domestic and family violence and decorate a t-shirt. All the t-shirts will be strung up on clotheslines and displayed at various locations across the city to raise awareness. Various locations will be available to paint the t-shirts.

Message to my Love campaign

During the sixteen days of activism at the Civic Library, the Digital Story Box will become a personal story capturing device. Our community will be invited to pick up the phone, listen to a story and then record a personal message of love and respect for a loved one in their life. This could be a daughter, son, partner, parent, best friend or anyone that you love. Leaders in our community will initially be interviewed  and these stories will then be able to be viewed and heard as part of the campaign.

Associated events and exhibitions will also be scheduled during this time as a way to share messages and stories which aim to raise confidence and awareness in our community.

As part of the Message to my Love project, we will be sending post cards with rates notices for community to write their messages. There will be a survey monkey link on the post card for people to fill in online or their will be selected locations to drop in the postcard where they will be displayed as part of the #messagetomylove campaign.

We will be out and about filming community messages at different public spaces. Keep an eye out on our website, social media for further information.

This is an exciting time for our council.  We are committed to creating safe families and communities for everyone and we welcome your involvement in these activities. If you would like more information about these activities and programs please contact Khadija at: kgbla@charlesturt.sa.gov.au

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or feel unsafe in an intimate or family relationship, 24 hour assistance is available on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732), which is the National Sexual Assault Domestic & Family Violence Counselling Service. Or you can go to www.1800respect.org.au

 

World Medical Association updates advice on medically indicated termination of pregnancy

Australian Medical Association, October 21, 2018

Revised advice to physicians on medically indicated termination of pregnancy has been issued by the World Medical Association.

At its recent annual General Assembly in Reykjavik, the WMA reiterated that where the law allows medically indicated termination of pregnancy to be performed, the procedure should be carried out by a competent physician.

However, it agreed that in extreme cases it could be performed by another qualified health care worker. An extreme case would be a situation where only an abortion would save the life of the mother and no physician was available, as might occur in many parts of the world. This amends previous WMA advice from 2006 that only physicians should undertake such procedures.

Act To Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women A Guide For Community Action

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.