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International Women's Day 2021

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March 8, 2021

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate women’s achievements and to challenge ourselves, and those around us, to take action against bias and continue to fight for equality.

To recognise International Women’s Day 2021 we present a series of videos reflecting on the ways women’s lived experiences impact their health and wellbeing – from the roles we play, to education, domestic violence, the COVID-19 lockdowns, and the timing of our first periods.



Women’s roles

Health isn’t just about our biology – the roles women undertake across their lives also play a part in determining our healh outcomes. In her welcome message, Professor Julie Byles, ALSWH Director Newcastle, reflects on the many roles undertaken by women and the impacts they have.

Women’s health in 2020 from April to November

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants took part in fortnightly surveys about their symptoms, testing, and experiences. Professor Deborah Loxton, the ALSWH Deputy Director Newcastle, shares the results.

The link between learning and good health

In this short interview, Associate Professor Leigh Tooth, ALSWH Deputy Director Brisbane, talks about her research into the benefits of ongoing education as an adult.

Violence against women

The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health is one of the few studies to the impact of violence over women’s lifespans. Professor Deborah Loxton, the ALSWH Deputy Director Newcastle, discusses her work with women who have experienced violence.

Using reproductive events to predict future health

ALSWH Brisbane Director Gita Mishra wraps up our International Women’s Day video series with a quick look at how our reproductive history (from first periods to menopause) is linked to our health and risk of chronic disease in later life.