Coffee with…Jayde McBurnie: Women’s Health East







Describe your work/role at Women’s Health East?
I work in Prevention of Violence against Women. At the moment my role includes:
• Participation in the Together for Equality and Respect (TFER) Evaluation working Group (EWG), where I am contributing to the development of the regional evaluation of TFER 2013-2017.
• Development of the 2017 Regional 16 days of Activism campaign GE4Us (please get involved!)
• Organising the 16 days Leaders event: including the TFER Strategy 2017-2021 Launch
• Communications role, including social media presence, participating in communications internal and external working groups, and planning future events.
• I also support the work of my colleagues where I can!

What sort of work were you doing prior to starting WHE?
I was completing my Bachelor Degree in Health Promotion, while working in hospitality and volunteering for the TFER EWG!

What’s coming up for 16 Days of Activism?
So glad you asked!
As usual Women’s Health East are creating a regional campaign which everybody can utilise on their social media platforms, and at their organisations through ready to go activism emails and posters to display. This year the campaign is called GE4Us – following on from the success of last year’s GE4Me campaign. We are excited because local EMR councils are co designing the campaign by putting forward Gender Equality Ambassadors which we will feature throughout the 16days. These Ambassadors stories will be featured on our website, and throughout our social media platforms. So watch those spaces! Please contact me if you would like to be involved!
Also for 16days this year we are having a EMR Leaders Event, where we will launch the 2017-2021 TFER Strategy, with keynote speaker Kate Jenkins, Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner!

What excites and motivates you in your role?
I love the opportunities I have every day with my colleagues, to discuss not only social issues in the space of Women’s Health, but other social issues in the news. They are an intelligent bunch of women, and I love to hear their thoughts and opinions!

What strengths do you see working in the Prevention of Violence Against Women sector?
TFER! The incredible level of collaboration of our partners, to commit their own time and resources to a collective effort like TFER, the strength of networks and partnerships within TFER is an absolute strength in this space so we can continue to work together and learn from one another, and make an collective impact together!

What kind of a cuppa do you brew when you sit down at your desk in the morning?
I brew myself a coffee – the stronger the better!

If you could change one thing about the world right now, what would it be?
Well, I would get rid of Gender Inequality – but if I have to narrow, I would change things so that kids all over the world grow up without gender stereotypes.

If you weren’t working at WHE right now, what would you be doing?
Hmmm… How about travelling the world. First up south America, then everywhere else. And since this is hypothetical, I will imagine I have lots of money and can actually do that!

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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