Let’s talk about respect and equity
The Courageous Conversations campaign aims to inspire individuals and organisations to commit to actions that promote gender equity and respectful relationships. Courageous Conversations encourages individuals and organisations to have conversations that challenge sexist comments, discrimination and disrespectful behaviour. Through these discussions and actions, we can create a culture that is free from rigid gender stereotypes, and an environment, where all men and women, and boys and girls, feel safe, included and respected. (click here for concept definitions)
Courageous Conversations Charter
The courageous conversations charter provides an overarching framework and policy, organizations can adopt to display their commitment to gender equity and respect relationships. It provides a platform to engage with organisations and offers a tangible avenue to implement actions.
Hume Region Preventing Violence Against Women & Children Strategy 2013 – 2015: Project Report
Women’s Health Goulburn North East were successful in obtaining the ‘Reducing Violence against Women and Children’ grant funding from the Department of Justice and Regulation in January 2013. The grant aimed to enhance collaborative working relationships at a local level and to help build an evidence base on primary prevention and early intervention in the prevention of violence against women and their children.
The major aim of the project was to develop a regional Preventing Violence Against Women and Children (PVAWC) strategy, utilising a partnership approach with many diverse stakeholders. The main vehicle for achieving this aim was through a steering committee that united stakeholders, and utilise their expertise and local knowledge in the development, implementation and evaluation of the strategy.
The purpose of this report is to share the key learnings and recommendations to assist in building the PVAW evidence base, particularly in rural areas.
This report is written from the perspective of the WHGNE project coordinator, reflecting on experiences and learnings throughout the project development, implementation, evaluation and analysis. Download Project Report
Watch program funding launch video
We encourage everyone to watch the following video about the a launch of the Victorian campaign to fight domestic violence by focusing on developing respectful relationships.
Reducing Violence Against Women and Their Children Grants Launch
Learn more about the campaign
The campaign aspires to be supportive, encouraging and positive. It allows the conversation around violence against women to be changed, framing discussions to encourage positive actions and behaviour. It aims to shift people towards prevention, addressing the determinants of violence against women (such as rigid belief in gender roles, sexism etc) rather than focusing on the physical perpetration of violence. It also allows individuals to consider what gender, equity and respect means to them and their organisation.
Vision: ‘Hume region women and their children live free from violence in safe communities’
The Courageous Conversations campaign was developed as part of the Hume region preventing violence against women and children regional strategy 2013-2017.
The Hume region preventing violence against women and children regional strategy 2013-2017 is a partnership between organisations committed to preventing violence against women and children with Women’s Health Goulburn North East as the lead agency.
This project has been funded under the Reducing Violence against Women & their Children grants program, part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program. Projects are expected to deliver outcomes at a regional level using whole of community primary prevention strategies – local solutions for local crime prevention issues.
The Hume region Preventing Violence against Women & Children (PVAWC) strategy addresses the determinants of violence against women and builds the capacity of communities to take action. The strategy aims to address a range of issues, including:
- Promoting equal and respectful relationships between men and women at all levels
- Bring about structural and systemic organisational changes to promote gender equitable and non-violent cultures
- Build the capacity of individuals to take action on gender inequity and sexism
- Coordinate a region wide approach to preventing violence against women working across multiple sectors and key settings