What is it about?
Storylines: Her Voice Matters is a
project that invites women to share
their experiences of sexual and
Each story becomes part of a bigger story
that will help build a picture of how we can improve the quality, access, and type of health support for women.
Sexual and reproductive health is an important issue for all women, affecting them at every life stage, and influences how women develop and maintain meaningful relationships, appreciate their bodies, interact with others, express affection, love, and intimacy and by choice, bear children (WHV, 2016).
A woman’s sexual and reproductive health is influenced by her access to affordable and timely information and services.
It can be about :
sexually transmitted infections
polycystic ovarian syndrome
all-options pregnancy support
termination of pregnancy
prenatal and postnatal support
cancer screening (breast/cervical)
menopause & peri-menopause; and
other issues that affect a womans health.
What does the project involve?
Storytelling is the universal tool that enables humans to express, understand and connect. It helps us to process and express feelings, and make meaning from our experience. Visual storytelling uses images which can help us find the words to share our experience.
Storytelling has been chosen because it is accessible for all women and deepens our connection to who we are. Her Voice Matters provides different ways for you to tell and share your story.
What will happen to my story?
Your story will be used to tell us where things are working well and where things are not working well. As we gather experiences of women from across our region we will have a clear picture of what women really need in order to have great sexual and reproductive health.
You can share your story here on the website or download the Her Voice Matters Pack and email your story to us. Your experience will become an important part of future changes to Women's Health Services in our region.
How can I be involved?
Choose an option from below that suits you best.
download a pack that guides you through the process
submit your story online
call us and share over the phone or face to face or
get us to come to your group and participate in a women's circle workshop.
We will always treat your experiences with understanding, respect, kindness, and confidentiality.
Options for you to share your story
THE POWER OF STORYTELLING
This video explains the power of storytelling as a method for sharing information, building understanding and community. It was developed by the British National Trust and is narrated by Sir Ian McKellen. It is 4 minutes long and demonstrates why Storylines: Her Voice Matters focuses on women sharing stories and wisdom.
"I raise up my voice, not so I
can shout, but so that those
without a voice can be heard."