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GEN VIC (Gender Equity Victoria) Advance Equity, Promote Health, Prevent Violence

Welcome to Gender Equity Victoria's

March Newsletter

We may be only months into 2019, but GEN VIC has a lot of updates! Firstly, we are excited to welcome the new GEN VIC board, all of whom have a strong commitment to gender equity, women’s health and the prevention of violence against women. Our sincere thanks go to the outgoing Board who collectively devoted their time and energy to developing the first peak body for gender equity in Victoria. 

With new beginnings comes new events. This Friday the 22nd of March we will be launching our online bystander project: Together We're Stronger: The Art of Being an Active Bystander in ACMI, Melbourne. Later on in the year we are asking the difficult questions in a forum for PVAW practitioners. What do colonisation, justice systems, housing and violence have in common? Who do we include/exclude with our gaze, our funding, our frameworks? Come and explore these questions and more at, Under the Radar: Contemporary Challenges for PVAW Practitioners.

GEN VIC has also launched a number of not to be missed resources for PVAW practitioners. Our Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW) E-Learning Module and Self-Guided Orientation Toolkit have been rolled out across the state and been received with overwhelming support and praise. Check it out, try it and tell us what you think! 

In policy and advocacy, GEN VIC joined over 100 organisations calling for a new system to prevent and respond to sexual harassment at work. We have our sights on the upcoming Royal Commission into Mental Health and have provided a submission into the terms of reference. 

Lastly, but most importantly, we have been processing our new members! Remember to join! GEN VIC is  opened membership to individuals and organisations who hold our vision for the equality, health and freedom from violence for every woman and girl in Victoria.

Till next time.

The GEN VIC Team.

GEN VIC has a New Board!

Victoria’s first ever peak body for gender equity, women’s health and the prevention of violence against women has successfully elected a new Board of Governance. We would like to thank and pay tribute to the outgoing board of GEN VIC who has devoted much time and energy honoring the legacy of women’s health services sector and expanding to new and pressing areas of gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. With a new appointed and skills-based Board, GEN VIC is now well placed ensure that its strategic development will respond to the needs of a rapidly growing membership base.

Together We're Stronger: The Art of Being an Active Online Bystander Video Launch at ACMI

On Friday the 22nd of March 2019 GEN VIC, The Guardian, RMIT University, Domestic Violence Victoria, and Women’s Health Victoria invite you to celebrate the launch of the Active Online Bystander Project. With input from the prevention sector, academics and citizen experts, GEN VIC has created an online social media toolkit and a short video.These resources explain how bystanders can take action whenever they see online harassment and in whatever form it takes.

Launched by GEN VIC and e-Safety Commission's e-Safety Women, the event will include a panel discussion on the topic from The Guardian's Melissa Davey, Associate Professor Nicola Henry, Dr. Kate O'Halloran sports journalist, broadcaster and academic, and Madison Griffiths, writer, artist and poet.
Fri, March 22, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Register your attendance.

New eLearning module & toolkit for preventing violence against women

Gender Equity Victoria is pleased to announce the launch of our free interactive audio and video e-Learning Module for workers getting started in preventing violence against women.

The module takes around 40 minutes to complete and introduces fundamental evidence and practice information on the prevention of violence against women. It can be saved at any point and completed at intervals to suit busy schedules.

The module is compatible with most assistive technologies.

Self-Guided Orientation Toolkit

The Self-Guided Orientation Toolkit is a complementary resource for new practitioners providing additional content and links to further reading and resources.

It is designed for workers to move through at their own pace and also acts as a useful reference guide once completed.

Under the Radar: Contemporary Challenges for PVAW Practitioners - Save the Date!

What do colonisation, immigration systems, justice and housing have in common? How should we deal with structural forms of violence in our work? What are the synergies and divergences between the prevention of family violence and of violence against women? Who are we including/excluding in this work? How gender fit is our prevention space? Where do we push to when it comes to mental health or sexual and reproductive rights?

Gender Equity Victoria (GEN VIC) is holding a two-day participatory forum to query the nuts and bolts of our work, and ask the crucial questions about strategies in the prevention of violence against women. Speakers have a heavy duty vision, and strong organisational experience. This will be an engaging and meaningful forum to help design the future - not to be missed!

Save the date May 18th-19th Melbourne.

Register your expression of interest here.

GEN VIC Joins the Calls #power2prevent

In response to the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian work places, GEN VIC joined legal centers, unions and women's health services to create a joint statement on sexual harassment at work. The statement has now been endorsed by over 100 organisations across the legal, peak bodies, community, health, sexual assault services, academic and union sectors. Together we are calling for:

  • Dedicated prevention efforts to address the underlying gendered drivers of sexual harassment
  • Stronger Legal duties on employers to take proactive steps to prevent sexual harassment at work
  • Access to fair, effective and efficient complaints processes
  • Appropriate advocacy and support for workers who experience sexual harassment
  • Accessible reporting tools.
GEN VIC Submission to the Royal Commission into Mental Health Terms of Reference 

Mental health is an intersectional, gendered issue. The Victorian Government is establishing a Royal Commission into Mental Health – the first of its kind in Australia.The Royal Commission will be tasked with providing a comprehensive set of recommendations on how to best support Victorians with mental illness and we will be advocating for gender equity, women's sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of violence against women to be taken into account.

GEN VIC submitted feedback to proposed terms of reference.

GEN VIC membership is open for the calendar year! Now is the time to join the Victorian peak body for gender equity, women's health and the prevention of violence against women.

Find out the benefits of becoming a GEN VIC member

Gender equity, women's health and prevention of violence against women training and events 

Policy and research

New Resources

  • LGBTIQ Intersect
  • Family Safety Victoria has released a new video that supports MARAM and the information sharing scheme rollout.