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Prevention Showcase: Working with Children & Young People to Prevent Violence Against Women

The inaugural Prevention Showcase: Working with Children & Young People to Prevent Violence Against Women event was held on 5 December at the Goldfields Recreation Reserve in Beaufort.  The day saw presentations from seven initiatives from across the Central Highlands region which work with young people where they live, learn and play. Each program showcased at the event contributes to the mutually reinforcing messages which promote gender equality and aim to prevent violence against women before it happens.

Young people featured heavily in the program; Jack Ward from Ararat College shone as event MC, there were musical performances by Ash Egan and Ava Stephens, and a series of skits about respectful and safe relationships by the Creative Learning Team from Ballarat Community Health.

The Hon. Gabrielle Williams, Minister for Youth, Minister for Women and Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, addressed the audience. She shared messages about the importance of whole-of-community prevention initiatives and of her optimism in the young leaders of the future.

“We know that if we can change the mindset of the community we really can shift the harmful attitudes and the overt harmful behaviours that lead to family violence”
The Hon. Gabrielle Williams

Not In My Workplace Ballarat

Focusing on sexual harassment in the workplace, especially small and medium businesses, there were over 100 people attending the Not in My Workplace #NIMW summit which was held at Sovereign Hill on 4 December.

The event had a stellar line up of speakers including Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, Our Watch CEO (and previous WHG CEO!) Patty Kinnersly, Sovereign Hill CEO Sarah Quon, VicPol Superintendent Jenny Wilson, Ballarat based human rights lawyer Liz Lacey and Hepburn Shire CEO and long standing CoRE member Evan King.  Business leaders went away well equipped with information and resources to help prevent sexual harassment in their business and broader settings.

It’s great to see continued attention on the issue of violence against women.

Leading Change Event in the Wimmera

The Leading Change Event in October focused on gender equity and emergency management and was attended by 75 people.  Our fantastic guest speakers were Stephen O’Malley (Gender and Disaster POD),  Inspector Di Thomson (Victoria Police), Amanda Lamont (Co Founder Australasian Women in Emergencies (AWE) Network), Tony Baker (CoRE AGG) and our very own Marianne Hendron (CEO, WHG).

There were 32 organisations represented at the event including Horsham Rural City Council, Northern Grampians Shire, Yarriambiack Shire, Pyrenees Shire and Moorabool Shire; Grampians Community Health and some of the health services/hospitals; Victoria Police; CFA; SES; Ambulance Victoria; 3 Primary Care Partnerships – Central Highlands, Wimmera and Grampians Pyrenees; DELWP; Parks Vic; Wimmera Development Association; Salvation Army; Family Violence Support agencies and GWMWater.

We would like to thank Horsham Rural City Council, Wimmera CMA, Grampians Community Health and the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre for supporting the event.

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