News & Events
- Leading Change Presidents' Dinner | Ballarat | 2017
On 27 November 2017 100 people attended 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 having an 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
- Leading Change Breakfast | Horsham | 2017
On 22 August 2017, 130 people attended the Wimmera Leading Change Breakfast at the Horsham Town Hall. Guest speakers highlighted the importance of taking action to prevent violence against women and children and the need to address gender equality.
Simone O’Brien spoke of her personal experience of intimate partner violence and her lengthy path to recovery.
Phil Cleary stressed how we need to make our workplaces, sporting clubs and institutions places where we don’t tolerate violence against women and where we are not complicit in this behaviour.
Kate Jenkins, Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner spoke about gender inequality as the cause of violence against women and the importance of changing attitudes.
David Lavithis, VicRoads gave some examples of what they are doing within their organisation to address the drivers of violence against women.
Thanks to Department of Justice and Regulation, Horsham Rural City Council, Wimmera PCP, Uniting Wimmera and Barwon CASA for supporting the event.
For video highlights of the event see here:
- Enabling Women Leadership Program | Central Highlands | 2017
Enabling Women is a community leadership program empowering women with disabilities to build on natural leadership skills and confidence. An opportunity to come together, share lived experiences of disability, expand community networks, find solutions to address issues of social challenges.
This program is being offered in partnership with City of Ballarat, Moorabool Shire Council, Golden Plains Shire Council, Grampians disAbility Advocacy and Women’s Health Grampians and is open to women with a disability living, working or studying in the council areas of Ballarat, Moorabool, Hepburn and Golden Plains.
Please direct enquiries about the program to Women with Disabilities Victoria, Carly Myers, Women’s Enabling and Empowerment Officer, by phone 9286 7815 or email email@example.com