The First National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week takes place 13th-17th March, 2017.
For more info, follow the hashtag on twitter: #LBWomensHealth17
What is #LBWomensHealth17?
The aim of the week is to raise awareness about lesbian and bisexual women’s health inequalities, to make it simple for service providers to empower service users. The week is also an opportunity to celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services which provide dedicated support to lesbian and bisexual women.
Growing evidence demonstrates that lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) are experiencing a range of health inequalities and both face barriers to accessing health care and are have poor experiences when they do:
- 36% of lesbian and bisexual women reported health professionals assumed they were heterosexual. 
- 37% of women had been told they did not require a cervical screening test due to their sexual orientation, resulting in over half disengaging from screening programmes, believing they were not at risk. 
- 21% of bisexual women and 12% of lesbian women reported a long term mental health problem, compared to 4% of heterosexual women. 
- 29% of lesbian and bisexual women report more binge drinking compared to 12% in the general population of women. 
Please click here for our report Best practice in providing healthcare to lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women which further discusses and outlines some of these issues.
The National LGB&T Partnership, working with partners across the country and from both within and outside the LGBT sector, are organising the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week from 13th to 17th March 2017.
The Aim of the week is to:
- Raise awareness nationally about lesbian and bisexual (LB) women’s health inequalities.
- Galvanise and empower service providers to address those needs and encourage organisations to consider what they do for LB women.
- Celebrate and promote groups and services which provide dedicated support to LB women.
- Encourage women’s and LGBT organisations to focus on LB women over the week.
The campaign is built around three types of Activity:
- Celebrating existing activity to improve LB women’s health.
- Creating new activity to improve LB women’s health.
- Sharing facts, understanding and expertise to raise awareness of the issues that affect LB women’s health.
How can you get involved?
- Download and share LB Women’s Health Week resources: Click here to download our briefing pack to get information and resources that will support your organisation in getting involved. It also has ideas on what you can do over the week.
- Pledge to do something to mark LB Women’s Health Week and tell us about it: Use the form below to tell us what you’re pledging to do for National LB Women’s Health Week 2017 so we can publicise it nationally on your behalf.
- Celebrate existing activity for LB Women and tell us about it: You can also use the form to tell us about the important work you’re already doing around lesbian and bisexual women so we can publicise it nationally on your behalf.
- Write a short blog post about your activity and why it’s important: You can even use the form to submit a short 150-300 word blog post about your activity and why it’s important. This will be shared through the National LGB&T Partnership blog.
- Shout about LB Women’s health week on social media: Schedule social media activity to go out across the week using the hashtag #LBWomensHealth17
- Be Visible: On our briefing page you can find a poster and our logo. You can change your profile photo on social media and display the poster around your building to show support for National LB Women’s Health Week. Use the statistics from the briefing pack to show stakeholders why the week is important and let them know who to speak to if they want to get involved.
You can also use the poster to share selfies on the #LBWomensHealth17 hashtag
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DIVA Magazine are Official Media Partner for the National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week 2017.
 Best Practice in Providing Healthcare to Lesbian, Bisexual and other Women Who Have Sex with Women. National LGB&T Partnership (2016)
 Light, B & Ormandy P, Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Women in the North West: A Multi-Method Study of Cervical Screening Attitudes, Experiences and Uptake, University of Salford and The Lesbian and Gay Foundation, UK, 2011
 Elliott MN, Kanouse DE, Burkhart Q, et al. Sexual Minorities in England Have Poorer Health and Worse Health Care Experiences: A National Survey. Journal of General Internal Medicine. Published online September 4 (2014)
 General Lifestyle Survey, Office for National Statistics, UK (2011)