Regional Plan – Communities of Respect and Equality
The Communities of Respect and Equality Alliance (CoRE) is a partnership of organisations, businesses, clubs, groups and networks from across the Grampians Region that share a vision for safe, equal and respectful communities. All member organisations have committed to the vision and goals outlined in the Communities of Respect and Equality: A plan to prevent violence against women and their children.
Organisations from across the Grampians who also share this vision and would like to work together to make it a reality are invited to join the CoRE Alliance. Contact Us to find out more.
The CoRE Plan is for those who believe that by taking action to promote change our communities can be better places in which to live. With the combined leadership, influence, authority and action of those committed to the Plan, we will build a new future for our region, its cities, towns and communities, where gender inequality and violence against women is an issue of the past. This Plan has been developed to help guide and direct individual and collective work in building communities of respect and equality, and prevent violence against women before it occurs.
The development of the CoRE Plan was led by Women’s Health Grampians (WHG), as part of the Women’s Health Services Leading Regional Action to Prevent Violence against Women and Children Project. WHG engaged a Reference Group representing key organisations across the Grampians through a consultative process for the development of a strategy for the region that will guide action on preventing violence against women and their children before it occurs.
For an overview of the CoRE Alliance and Plan please view the below presentation. Simply click on the image below and use the navigation arrows. This works best in full screen.
This is a call to action for all organisations, clubs and networks across the Grampians region: we can all help to end violence against women. Sign up with the CoRE membership form or Contact Us to find out more about joining the growing CoRE Alliance.
- The CoRE Plan
The Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Plan has been developed to enhance the capacity of organisations, businesses, clubs, groups and networks in the Grampians Region to work effectively, collectively, and genuinely towards the eradication of violence against women. It has been developed to elicit broad engagement and commitment from all organisations in the region wanting to take action towards the vision and goals expressed in the Plan. It provides an overarching framework to connect locally based messages, initiatives and actions across the Grampians that are mutually reinforcing and reflect a collective impact model.
This Plan helps organisations to identify their own roles in ending violence against women in the Grampians. It aims to provide a platform whereby organisations that believe in building communities of respect and equality are better able to pursue those values in their everyday core work. While activities and efforts may be undertaken independently, the measures and outcomes will be developed collectively and collated to reflect regional level achievement and progress.
The Plan is intended to facilitate inclusion and participation according to capacity. In other words, it recognises that organisations and groups are at varying stages of readiness and levels of capacity to engage in this work and the approach is flexible to accommodate this.
- CoRE Resource Menu
The CoRE Resource Menu has been developed to help you as a member of the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance take action to end violence against women and their children. It seeks to help build your awareness of the many tools and resources that have been developed by Women’s Health Grampians and other organisations, so you can select those that might be useful to your organisation.
- The CoRE Taking Action Guide: Taking action to end violence against women and their children: What can your organisation do?
The CoRE Taking Action Guide has been developed to help you as a member of the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance take action to end violence against women and children in ways that are both relevant to your organisation and in line with the 2015 evidence based national framework (Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia) and the CoRE Plan.
Watch this video of The CoRE Guide: Taking action to end violence against women and their children. What can your organisation do?
- The CoRE Local Stories Guide: Local stories of action to end violence against women and their children. What are other organisations doing?
The CoRE Local Stories Guide has been developed to help you as a member of the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance take action to end violence against women and their children by learning from what other members have done or are doing. These stories of local action both illustrate the breadth of actions that can be taken as well as provide an understanding of the factors which have enabled this work in their organisations to occur and how they overcome various challenges along the way.
WHG will continue to capture the stories and experiences of Alliance members delivering initiatives to prevent violence against women. This will be an ever evolving area as more workplaces, networks and groups enter this space. We look forward to supporting members in this work.
Watch these videos for more information about CoRE Initiatives in Action: Local Stories.
New Case Study: Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership
CoRE Member Local Stories: A member since 2016 Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership is taking big strides towards raising the profile of gender equality. Stepping up as a leader for change they aim to connect and bolster efforts to prevent family violence across regions and sectors. This new case study reflects on their achievements, what has enabled their progress and how they have overcome challenges in building communities of respect and equality. Thank you Emily Anderson, Executive Officer from GPPCP for the development of this local story.
- CoRE Gender and Local Planning
Local planning and development can increase how equitably women and men participate in society and also their equal access to facilities, transport and public spaces. Integrating gender analysis into planning assists local government and other organisations to meet the current and future needs of local residents, both men and women. The CoRE Gender in Local Planning resource provides an overview of how local planning can impact on women and girls, the importance of data that has been separated into male and female statistics and where you can access this data.
This resource is useful for a quick overview of why it is important to consider gender when planning, how to do it and where to access relevant data. Considering gender in planning is a concept that all CoRE members should consider as part of their broader strategic initiatives.
- CoRE Gender Audit Tool
The CoRE Gender Audit tool has been developed to support you as a member of the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance to undertake a gender audit of your organisation. A gender audit is a process to help you consider gender and gender inequality in a range of aspects across your organisation and to identify opportunities and areas for improvement. Organisations may find this a useful way to start considering actions they can take as a CoRE member.
- CoRE Gender Inequality in the Grampians Region Report
The CoRE Gender Inequality in the Grampians Region Report provides a current and local overview of the prevalence of gender inequality in our region. The report measures the rate at which the Grampians region is progressing towards equality in the areas of employment, leadership and unpaid work, and uncovered significant and persistent gaps between the experiences of men and women. These findings represent a call to action for the Grampians region to take action to challenge the entrenched gender stereotypes and structural barriers that prevent us from reaching gender equality.
- CoRE Sporting Clubs Taking Action Guide
Sporting clubs and associations play an important role in influencing community attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls.
Many clubs are now actively committing to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women through the Communities of Respect & Equality (CoRE) initiative.
To support new CoRE members in the sports community, we have developed the Sporting Clubs Taking Action Guide highlighting practical ways to create environments that are inclusive, respectful and safe.
- CoRE Gender Lens Checklist
CoRE members commit to undertaking action both internally and externally to promote gender equity and prevent violence against women. This tool will support you to consider gendered differences and identify potential areas of inequality in programs, services, policies and initiatives that may be occurring unconsciously. Undertaking the Gender Lens Checklist is one way that CoRE members can identify areas where actions may be needed to promote gender equity.
- Equality for All Project
The Equality for All project seeks to strengthen our broader Region-wide initiative for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children – Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE), whilst raising awareness of diversity and empowering local women to champion and lead change within their communities.
Women’s Health Grampians will recruit, employ, train and support a group of 6-12 women from diverse backgrounds to become Equality Advocates, able to speak publically about a variety of topics including: violence against women, gender equality, barriers to equality and other forms of discrimination.
We encourage women from a wide range of backgrounds to apply, especially: Aboriginal women, older women, LGBTIQA+ women, women with a disability and women from migrant and refugee background. Click here for the application form.
The project includes support and free training to learn about a range of topics that empower women including:
- gender equality and equity
- prevention of violence against women
- barriers to equality
and build skills in:
- public speaking and training
Following training Equality Advocates will be supported in paid speaking opportunities on a casual basis when opportunities arise with CoRE members and will join in developing a women’s day celebration and equality for all training video.
Information sessions are being held in Horsham (22 November) and Ballarat (29 November). For more information, please follow these links:
- Becoming a CoRE member
All interested organisations are invited to join the Grampians CoRE Alliance. Membership requires formally committing to the vision, principles and goals outlined in the CoRE Plan by completing the Alliance Membership form:
Membership requires a commitment to:
- Working collaboratively with other alliance partners to build momentum, gain strength, share knowledge, resources and ideas.
- Integrating activities in line with achieving the vision and strategic goals into the organisation’s planning documents.
- Resourcing action within the organisation to enable activities identified to be undertaken and ensure meaningful participation in the alliance.
- Communicating with the alliance and governance group to monitor progress, identify challenges and to share information that will build the capacity of the Alliance to meeting the vision.
- Benefits for member organisations
As a member of the CoRE Alliance your organisation will:
- Have the opportunity to show leadership and make positive differences in your community
- Gain social credit and increase standing in your community
- Be well positioned to adapt to changes in compliance requirements regarding gender equality and diversity
- Be part of an innovative, collaborative, regional action group seeking to lead change to improve respect and equality in your community, and prevent violence against women before it occurs.
To support your work, you will also have access to:
- Branding and logo to use to promote publicly your membership of the Alliance (eg., email statement for signature; icon for website)
- Recognition of membership via listing on WHG’s membership list on website
- Branded merchandise to support staff/member and public awareness of the messages key to the Alliance
- Support and expertise form WHG and other Alliance partners
- High profile local events such as Leading Change forums (preferential access)
- Support for member organisations
To help members with this, organisations will have access to the following support and resources provided by Women’s Health Grampians:
- Advice and expertise to support organisations when undertaking planning, and associated actions (individual meetings or via membership on your committees or working groups)
- Leadership briefings to senior staff, councils, boards or committees to increase knowledge about violence against women, prevention strategies and the importance of and potential for leadership and activities within organisations.
- Appropriate, relevant and topical written resources.
- ‘Community of Practice’ sessions to build capacity of staff working on actions by increasing their knowledge and skills and providing a platform for sharing local stories and information
- Training on a broad range of topics to support progress on activities identified
- Support with workplace based programs such as Act@Work
To access this support, please contact Womens’ Health Grampians on T: 5322 4100 E:Adminb@whg.org.au
- CoRE Alliance Members
As at October 2018 CoRE Alliance Members list.
- CoRE Alliance Governance Group
The work of the CoRE Alliance is overseen by the Grampians CoRE Alliance Governance Group (CoRE AGG). The purpose of the CoRE AGG is to manage the implementation and strategic responsiveness of the CoRE Plan to optimise the outcomes.
Membership of the CORE AGG is drawn from CORE Alliance member organisations and takes into account the member organisation’s core business and geographical coverage with the intention of maximising the different types of organisations, and broad geographical representation.
For more information on the Alliance Government Group please contact Women’s Health Grampians.
- Development of the plan
The Communities of Respect and Equality Plan has been developed collaboratively by a Reference Group involving senior staff from 26 key organisations from across the Grampians region. They are:
- Ararat Rural City Council
- City of Ballarat
- Ballarat Community Health Centre
- Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault (Wimmera)
- Child and Family Services Ballarat
- Central Highlands Primary Care Partnership
- Central Highlands Family Violence Committee
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Golden Plains Shire Council
- Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-op
- Grampians Community Health
- Grampians Integrated Family Violence Regional Action Group
- Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership
- Hepburn Shire Council
- Hindmarsh Shire Council
- Horsham Rural City Council
- Moorabool Shire Council
- Northern Grampians Shire Council
- Pyrenees Shire Council
- West Wimmera Shire Council
- Western District Integrated Family Violence Partnership
- Wimmera Primary Care Partnership
- Wimmera Uniting Care
- Women’s Health Grampians
- WRISC Family Violence Support
- Yarriambiack Shire Council
Covering a wide geographic area, stakeholders provided input through a variety of means including three video conferenced Reference Group meetings, email, telephone and one on one conversations over a three-month period. Meetings were facilitated by external consultants, Foresight Lane, who then drafted each stage of the Plan’s development. Collectively a shared vision, principles and goals were developed and ongoing mechanisms for governance of the strategy established.
- Evaluation of the plan
In 2017 Women’s Health Grampians developed a comprehensive evaluation plan to track the progress of the Communities of Respect and Equality initiative one year on from its launch and beyond.
The evaluation uses an action research model to look at progress by WHG, the CoRE Alliance Governance Group, and the broader CoRE Alliance. The approach also considers data on gender inequality in the Grampians region – to track change across a range of domains at the community level over time.
The CoRE Evaluation – 2018 Final Report was compiled by Alison Peipers Consulting and presents findings and recommendations to inform future planning. Member progress reports gathered through the evaluation show considerable effort and activity to prevent violence against women. The reports also show a high level of satisfaction with support received from WHG.
Women’s Health Grampians has released a new report, Gender Inequality in the Grampians region.
This report provides, for the first time, a summary of the current situation of gender inequality in our region.
Using trend data, the report measured the rate at which the Grampians region is currently progressing in areas such as employment, leadership and unpaid work, and provides an insight into the year that the region would reach equality in these areas based on current trends.
The report identified significant and persistent gender gaps in a number of areas.
The findings highlight the areas where we need to focus our efforts and take urgent action to change the trajectory towards equality.