16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM 2018 - Great South Coast


Southern Grampians Glenelg Primary Care Partnership

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16 Days of Activism - Barwon Region 


WHWBSW partnered with the best night life venues in Geelong to raise awareness of the common forms of verbal and sexual  harassment experienced in venues.

Our project aimed to encourage patrons to 'Stand Up' for a friend or stranger when they are faced with harassment instead of ‘Stand By’ and do nothing.

We created four awareness raising posters to challenge current attitudes and behaviours and encourage bystanders to act. WHWBSW partnered with the best night life venues in Geelong to raise awareness of the common forms of verbal and sexual  harassment experienced in venues.

Here We Are Project

In mid-2018 Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West (WHWBSW) took up the chance to partner with leading disability organisation Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) for the rollout of the Here We Are Project (HWA). The mission of the project is to look at how women with disability are engaging with the community and how the community can better work to engage women with disability leading to greater input and ultimately greater satisfaction. Coming aboard the WHWBSW team for the HWA Project our Community Engagement Officer has worked to build upon WHWBSW’s existing relationships within the disability space and increasing our reach throughout the disability community, particularly with project partners WDV and local Barwon organisations. As a result WHWBSW have begun work on several strategies, including a targeted social capital survey, that will actively work to empower women with disabilities in the community and give local businesses, organisations and community members the right tools to better engage with women with disabilities in long lasting and meaningful ways. Focussing on WHWBSW’s key priority areas the HWA project has joined well with WHWBSW’s existing output and has laid the ground-work to ensure WHWBSW is an accessible and inclusive organisation going forward for woman of all abilities. 

Our Right to Safety and Respect (PDF)

My Community

Barwon Month of Action - Gallery Space

Sexual & Reproductive Health Projects


We researched condom availability and accessibility in order to address the rising STI rates in all age cohorts, within BSW. Researchers scanned the entire Great South Coast region to gather information on the location of condoms, packet variety, number of packets and the types of businesses that sold condoms.



The condom mapping project identified Port Fairy as a site with low availability and accessibility. HPOs engaged with Moments Condoms-who supplied 14,000 free condoms- to ensure patrons of the Port Fairy Folk Festival had access to freely available condoms over the festival weekend.
Download the Summary (PDF)



Deakin University (Warrnambool Campus) are researching ‘Rural women’s knowledge of and influences on their contraceptive choices’. Warrnambool Health Promotion Officers are working in conjunction with the lead investigator, with results from the research to be used by WHWBSW to create positive change in the region.

Art Prize


Since 2015, WHWBSW has hosted the South West International Women’s Day Art Prize in Warrnambool.

As an organisation dedicated to the pursuit of gender equality, we are pleased to offer a prize specifically for women that addresses the gender imbalance in galleries while providing an opportunity for women to express themselves through art, see their work exhibited, be rewarded and recognised for their work.

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We believe the prize strengthens women’s voices and fosters improved mental health and wellbeing.

  • 2015 Theme: Women & Place

  • 2016 Theme: Hope

  • 2017 Theme: Women & Belonging

  • 2019 Theme: Be

Terms and Conditions (PDF)

Application Form


In 2019 we welcome two new award categories and supporting organisations! Here are they are: 

  • WOMEN IN COMMUNITY LIFE AWARDproudly supported by the Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West

  • FIRST NATIONS WOMEN IN COMMUNITY LIFE AWARD – proudly supported by Christine Couzens MP, Member for Geelong

  • WOMEN IN COMMUNITY LIFE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY – proudly supported by The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre

  • WOMEN IN COMMUNITY LIFE LIVING WITH A DISABILITY – proudly supported by the National Disability Insurance Agency **NEW FOR 2019**

  • WOMEN IN COMMUNITY LIFE LEADING GENDER EQUALITY IN SPORT -  proudly supported by Leisure Networks

  • WOMEN IN COMMUNITY LIFE LEADERSHIP IN WOMEN'S HEALTH – proudly supported by Jean Hailes for Women's Health


 To keep up to date on the Women in Community Life Advisory Committee, please “like” the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/womenincommunitylife/ or reply to this email and I will add your details to our email network.