Gippsland Women’s Health, in partnership with East Gippsland PCP and Good Beginnings (Save the Children), will be hosting three events in the lead up to White Ribbon Day in East Gippsland. Three training sessions of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program will run in Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance, where participants will learn about gender equality and active bystander techniques.
Mentors in Violence Prevention is a leadership program focused on preventing all forms of violence against women. It empowers participants to be active bystanders with practical tools to interrupt violence and challenge sexist behaviour. Using a wide range of strategies to create change, this program is relevant to everyone – from teachers to students, from workplaces to community groups.
As part of the Gippsland Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women strategy, MVP training forms part of a broad campaign to create grassroots change in our region. Combined with other tools such as the MaketheLink website and social media campaign, Paving the Way Workplace Project and a number of events running during the 16 days of activism, MVP is a powerful program being rolled out with support from a range of agencies in the region. Despite high levels of family violence and violence against women, Gippsland is leading the way in engaging our community with proactive skills to challenge violence supportive attitudes and eradicate men’s violence against women.
One community member reported after completing a session that, ‘the training was exceptional – it changed my thought process on what violence against women really means.’ Another participant stated they had been ‘very worried about escalating violence and am grateful for the skills touched on to do my bit to address the situation.’
The three sessions are open to community members and service providers and are free of charge. Men are encouraged to attend. For more information or to RSVP contact Sarah
Wednesday 18th November – Lakes Entrance Fishing Club, 7pm-9pm
Thursday 19th November – Bairnsdale Library, 10am-12pm
Thursday 19th November – Bairnsdale Library, 1pm-3pm