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Prevent men’s violence against women

We all have a role in preventing men’s violence against women. We can all be advocates and leaders, working towards gender equality and preventing men’s violence against women.  Notice inequality break the silence and speak out about men’s violence, violence supportive attitudes and behaviours.

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We can all challenge the foundations that support violence against women, watch our new video:

Be an active bystander

Be someone who speaks up about or questions inappropriate behaviour.  Learn more

Educate yourself

Understanding the impact of men’s violence against women and why it is a men’s issue.  Learn more

Gender Equality Matters

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Join our Gender Equality Matters 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign and share our stories.


Make the link

Between gender inequality and gender based violence or men’s violence against women.

Make The Link posters

Our posters aim to help breakdown and show the drivers of men’s violence against women.

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If you are in a violent situation, know someone who is experiencing violence, please refer to the specialist support organisations.

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Gender equality isn’t about ticking the box for statistics.  Cultural change is needed.  We need a unified voice demanding our community be respectful of one another.  A unified voice stating violence is unacceptable in any family, at school, at work – anywhere.  A unified voice stating that violence against women will no longer be kept… Read More

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  There are many wonderful things about growing up in the bush. The smell of eucalyptus, winding rivers and white, sandy beaches to name a few. Despite its beauty though, it can be particularly isolating for those who do not conform to the patriarchal idyll.  Growing up, male football stars were always lauded, while the… Read More

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  Everyone has the right to be who they want to be. A lot of people don’t respect each other just because they’re different. I’m really passionate equality and I try to help others through a program I help run a program called Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) for women and men. This program… Read More

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From a personal perspective I have been fortunate enough to have been exposed to amazing role models who taught me that gender was not a barrier and encouraged me to achieve my dreams. Both my mother and grandmother were strong independent women who were passionate in instilling in me the belief that I could achieve… Read More

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I have chosen to build my career in an industry that has historically been shaped by gender stereotypes. When advised there were no females in a regional football development role at the time of my job vacancy my only response was, ‘why not?’  I applied anyway and the rest is history. I see now that sport… Read More

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Having been an operational member of Victoria Police for the last 18 years, I am well aware of what the ‘pointy end’ of family violence and violence perpetrated against women looks like and the prevalence of it.   Family violence is complex and is not something that we can police our way out of. Like many… Read More

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Family violence does not discriminate. It affects all cultures, families, communities and societies.  It is around power, control and a sense of privilege by the perpetrator. It causes family breakdown, loss of relationships, heart ache and pain by those who are victims or witness to it. We need individuals and communities to stand up against… Read More

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Trigger warning: child sexual abuse, family violence. My name is Tracey, I am 46, and I live with a disability, and I am a survivor of family violence and childhood sexual abuse. I grew up in a family with strong values and personal beliefs but my ability to cement these belief systems in myself was… Read More

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Trigger warning: Rape On a summer’s night out with friends, strangers chose to take my life in their hands. My drink was spiked and I was drugged and raped by men I did not know. This one night of trauma has a lifetime of effect. Drug facilitated sexual assault is a terrible crime. It’s about… Read More

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Gender equality is important to me because I believe everyone has the right to be happy. I am gay myself and I believe strongly in equality, especially when it comes to same sex marriage. I believe everyone has the right to speak up and express their views and I would like to inspire other LGBTIQ… Read More

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Gender equality for me has been a journey throughout my life. As a young girl growing up with two older brothers, I was always in the thick of things. Fishing, riding bikes, building things with my dad and always being referred to as a ‘tom-boy’. It was when I was around 8 years old that… Read More

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A couple of times on my way to pick up the mail I had to pass a car parked in the local car park in my town. I noticed a sticker in the rear windscreen depicting violence against women as a good thing. After a couple of times seeing it I took a couple of brochures from work ( that explain the issue of men’s violence against women eg. White Ribbon Australia) and popped them with a note about the offensiveness of the sticker under the wiper blade.

I speak up now when I see inappropriate behaviour from my family and friends.  I have realised that it is Ok to speak up and others may actually be thinking the same.

A guy in the pub groped my bum, then as I turned I saw him grope another woman, I told him that what he was doing was not okay, it was sexual assault. I told his friends to take him home or I would have the bouncers call the police.

My local pool plays music videos on televisions throughout the complex showing women as sexual objects. I spoke to the manager and told them it was inappropriate and was sending the wrong messages.  Then after hearing about the CHIPS test I saw a photo in a family café of a woman’s legs in high heels and fishnet stockings. I realised it was sexually objectifying women and asked them to reconsider their choice of art, I’ll be going back to see if they listened!

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