This advice note is intended to support employers managing staff who are working from home as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. It provides guidance on identifying potential signs that an employee might be experiencing family violence, and practical advice on supporting them. View the entire advice note here CoRE Family violence and working from home.
Tips and techniques for how to be an active bystander challenging, sexism, discrimination and harassment.
This 1.5hr session for CoRE members and will cover:
- what is an active bystander
- why it is important
- tips on how to be an active bystander
This interactive session will be held online via Zoom. Places are limited.
Date: Wednesday 7 October, 2020
Cost: $20+GST per person
This training is only available to CoRE member staff and volunteers.
For further information, please contact Women’s Health Grampians via email at email@example.com or on 5322 4100.
WHG Conversations Webinar | The impact of COVID-19 on female participation in sport and physical activity
Shining a ‘gendered spotlight’ on COVID-19, the next WHG Conversations Webinar is on Wednesday 29 July at 4pm and covers what the impact has been for female participation in sport and physical activity during this pandemic. Join in to hear our Regional Health Promotion Consultant Dee Micevski speaks with Rochelle Eime, Professor of Sports Participation at Federation University and Victoria University, Tony Baker, Minyip Murtoa Football Netball Club Board Director and Emily O’Brien, Project Coordinator at Sports Central.
Book your free place here.
WHG Conversation Webinars
What does this pandemic mean for gender equality and the prevention of violence against women? We’ve developed a series of webinars with other organisations in the Grampians region to shine a ‘gender spotlight’ on COVID 19. Details are below.
Book your free place here WHG Conversations Gender Relationships and Parenting 18 May 2020
Book your free place here WHG Conversations Family Violence in the Pandemic 20 May 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.