Over the past 3 years Shiree Pilkinton led our work in gender equality and prevention of violence with migrant and refugee women through Happy Healthy Homes, It Takes Courage and finally Unstoppable Women. In celebration of this work a Women of the World event was held to exchange intergenerational skills with cookery demonstrations, traditional Aboriginal basket weaving, making beeswax food covers, make up sessions and much more. The event hosted 35 girls and women ranging from 12 years old to 70+ from a range of cultural backgrounds. These programs have been a wonderful and productive partnership with ongoing legacies including the Safer Pathways project, It Takes a Community (based at Ballarat Community Health) as well as the fantastic social enterprise A Pot of Courage which you can find out more about on their website – https://www.ittakescourage.org.au or on Facebook A Pot of Courage.
Our Equality for All project seeks to raise awareness of diversity and empower local women to lead change within their communities.
Our team of Equality For All Advocates have been trained to speak publicly about a variety of topics including: violence against women, gender equality, barriers to equality and other forms of discrimination.
In July 2019 we celebrated the Speak Up for Equality event to launch the Advocates short films, sharing their lived experiences of discrimination and gender inequality. This event was a success, celebrating diversity and inclusion with over 55 individuals from our CoRE member organisations and the local community, to further raise awareness of and empower local women to lead change.
Women’s Health Grampians innovative Equality for All now has 11 Equality Advocates from a range of diverse backgrounds, able to present on their lived experiences and support CoRE members to develop a deeper understanding of effective strategies to reduce discrimination and the barriers to equality.
Training of the Equality Advocates is now complete and the team has presented across a range of organisations and events including: International Women’s Day, WHG’s Communities of Practice, Ararat CFA and Hepburn Shire Council.
Equality Advocates are able to speak at CoRE members events, workshops and are able to meet one-to-one to talk about equality, diversity and inclusion for all women.
For further information contact Belinda-Sue Parsons, Project Coordinator Equality for All on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5322 4100.
In November 2017 we hosted 100 people at the Leading Change President’s Dinner at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat. It was encouraging to see an appetite of goodwill from sporting clubs and associations to prevent violence against women and promote gender equality. We hope those who attended took inspiration from our guest speakers highlighting the positive role sport can play in changing culture and attitudes such as:
- Leaders obligation to set positive standards of behaviour towards women;
- The importance of language, culture and policies in creating inclusive and respectful environments for women;
- Being willing to speak up when witnessing inappropriate behaviour;
- It does not cost anything to promote gender equality
The Courier captured stories with some of our guest speakers and stakeholders prior to the event: