As the result of 12 months of work by multilingual health educators, employed by the WOMHEn project (funded by Jobs Victoria), we were able to undertake over 70 interviews with migrant and refugee women to understand the impact of COVID-19 on their lives. The experiences shared in these interviews follow a key theme: migrant and refugee women felt left behind in pandemic response and support.
For women and gender diverse people, it can be hard to know what to do when it comes to vaccines. There’s a lot of information out there. What we do know is that getting vaccinated is our best way out of this crisis for working women, mothers, gender diverse people and girls.
This information hub compiles health information from women’s health services across Victoria on the efficacy, safety and availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In partnership with all 12 women’s health services, GEN VIC has led a research project that interviewed over 115 women and gender diverse people across every region of Victoria to ask them about their experiences of COVID-19 and the impact this has had on their mental health and wellbeing. This consisted of 15 focus groups and 1 survey with women and gender diverse people.
Victorian women have been hardest hit by the Covid19 pandemic with higher unemployment rates, less access to jobkeeper, greater responsibility for caring and unpaid work and significantly poorer mental health outcomes. However Government investment in strategies to help women has lagged behind other economic stimulus and support. In a series of factsheets exploring the impact of Covid19 on women and gender diverse people in Victoria, Gender Equity Victoria and its members are raising awareness of the deep and lasting impacts of disaster on women across the State.
In 2020 GEN VIC released a weekly e-bulletin detailing what the emerging pandemic and our responses to it could mean for women and gender diverse people.
Pandemic and disaster have a gendered impact. At GEN VIC, we want to support our members through this time by providing up to date analysis on the current pandemic, the ongoing impacts of the bush-fires, and how we can best respond to this.