Calling queer women! Have your say in the National Sexual Wellbeing Survey ๐Ÿ‘

"We're working to ensure every woman who has sex with women can have her voice heardโ€



The Manchester-based LGBT Foundation’s Women’s Programme has just launched a super important, super major piece of research into the sexual wellbeing of women who have sex with women — and they need YOU.


Here in the UK, there's still a shockingly significant lack of research about the sexual wellbeing of women who have sex with women.


Previous research has taken a clinical approach to sexual health, but excluded factors including pleasure, exploration, health, access to services, confidence, and consent — you know, just all the important stuff.


According to the National LGB&T partnership, almost 60% of lesbian and bisexual women say it’s difficult to find information about sexual health that is relevant to them.



Claudia Carvell, Women’s Programme Coordinator at LGBT Foundation, said: “Our team are working closely with renowned researcher Professor Catherine Meads of Anglia Ruskin University to conduct this research to consider the overall sexual wellbeing needs of LBWSW.


"The data we gather will provide us with a greater understanding of their needs, and will be used to benefit all aspects of the sexual wellbeing campaign in the short term, and improve services and support nationally in the long term.”


Respond to the survey here ๐Ÿ‘



The Women’s Programme team, led by Claudia Carvell and researcher Alison Condron, will seek out the opinions of between 300 and 500 women between August and November, after which the results will be released and shared with the wider community, the sector, media and influencers nationally.


Findings from the survey will then be discussed at focus groups at the end of the year, which will be opened up to community members and partner organisations across the UK, with the final report to be published in March 2019.


“Every aspect of this research will be accessible to women from all backgrounds, including black women, women of colour, trans women, non-binary people, disabled women, older women, women engaged in sex work, and with no access to public funds," Claudia explains.


“We welcome support and involvement from community leaders and groups working in these areas to ensure every woman who has sex with women can have her voice heard.”


You can respond to the survey here — and share, share, share with all of the lovely queer women in your life, let's help make sure future generations of women have the information and support they deserve ๐Ÿ‘



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