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Welcome to Gender Equity Victoria's

August newsletter

From the GEN VIC team

It's been an exciting and busy few months since we officially launched in late April. GEN VIC has recently received two significant funding boosts from the Victorian Government - one to support our work as a peak body, and another to lead an Australia-first active bystander project to combat online sexism and harassment.

In Victoria, we've seen the family violence prevention agency, Respect Victoria launch; Australia's first ever treaty legislation passed in Victoria; and newly launched state-wide service 1800 MY OPTIONS offering information on sexual and reproductive health across Victoria. 

If you're a new subscriber, thanks for your interest in GEN VIC! Learn about where we've come from and where we're going by watching our short video below.  
Introducing Gender Equity Victoria

Become a member!

GEN VIC is now accepting expressions of interest to become a member. Both organisations and individuals are welcome to apply. 

To become a member fill out our expression of interest form on our website 

Online Active Bystander Project

GEN VIC is leading a new initiative to combat sexism and harassment of women online. The Online Active Bystander Project will support people who believe in equality and respect for women to be active bystanders, and to collectively get behind and support people who receive online gender-based abuse in a safe way.

The active bystander who calls out abusive behaviour and supports harassment targets can affect not only individual change, but can positively influence community and social-level change.

“We believe the Online Active Bystander Project has the potential to transform how people interact online. We’re honoured to be working alongside our expert partners – Guardian Australia, Domestic Violence Victoria, Women’s Health Victoria, Dr Nicola Henry from RMIT University and the newly formed NOW Australia – to create this much-needed change,”  Kristine Olaris, GEN VIC Convenor.

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Read about the project in the media

For more information about this project contact Caitlin McGrane, Project Leader on 9418 0911 or
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GEN VIC Prevention of Violence Against Women Workforce Capacity Building project  

This two-year project (2017-2019) delivers professional development activities and resources to intermediate and advanced practitioners in the Prevention of Violence Against Women field. It is funded by the Victorian Government in recognition of the complexity of this field of work and the need to ensure sustainability across its workforce into the future.

Last month our Senior Prevention of Violence Against Women Project Officer, Vanessa Born, travelled to Scotland to deliver a keynote presentation at Gendered Representations in Scottish News, drawing on her experience working with the media to prevent violence against women. Congratulations Vanessa!

For more information about this project please contact Vanessa Born, Senior PVAW Project Officer on 9418 0927 or
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Prevention of Violence Against Women Resources Officer

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

Policy and policy and research

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Visit our Action to Prevent Violence Against Women website

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