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Violence Against Women

International Women’s Day Event in Horsham

International Women’s Day 2020 will be marked by a breakfast at Horsham Town Hall, with a fascinating speaker’s panel. The UN theme for this year is #GenerationEquality, acknowledging the achievements and progress of the past 25 years and looking forward to what the next generation will achieve.

This special event will highlight women’s achievements in many spheres of life and guest speakers will represent two generations of women and their journeys as community leaders and advocates for equality.

Tickets available at: http://www.horshamtownhall.com.au/hthevent/international-womens-day-breakfast/?fbclid=IwAR3qHyVdXI5g2-UiZRTpGQNdmK-LyU7YhsiyskIttMk7aEAcqgaCKtAS5LU

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.

Unstoppable Women

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.

Equality for All Project | Short Film Launch

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.

WIN News Ballarat shared highlights from the event

Find out more about our advocates, the project and their videos here

Equality for All Advocates Speak Out

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 belinda-sue@whg.au or 5322 4100.

Leading Change Presidents’ Dinner | Ballarat

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:

Peter Gordon, President, Western Bulldogs Football Club called on sports clubs to be a force for good

Michael Flynn, Executive Officer, Sports Central called on clubs to recognise their part in creating cultural change

Greg Anders, Director, Ballarat Golf Club recognised that the underlying cause of violence against women is gender inequality

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