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​​Our Watch's intersectional approach to primary prevention

In December 2016 Our Watch finalised its internal Organisational Strategy to Strengthen our Intersectional Approach 2017 – 2018 (Intersectional Strategy). 

Download the Intersectional strategy

Click to download a summary of the Organisational strategy to strengthen our intersectional approach 2017 
(87KBS) Word doc. 


While addressing gender inequality is critical for the prevention of violence against women, Our Watch acknowledges that gender inequality cannot be separated from other forms of inequality. We are therefore committed to ensuring that our work considers the complex intersections between various forms of inequality, discrimination and disadvantage, including for example, colonisation, racism, ableism and homophobia, and the role that these play in driving or contributing to violence against various groups of women.

In order to do this, Our Watch will:
  • Build the internal capacity of staff to understand, identify and engage with intersectional issues and encourage active participation in the continued development of our organisational approach to these. 
  • Embed practices within the organisation that enable staff to adopt an intersectional approach to our work.
  • Enable staff to work more effectively with those affected by different forms of social inequality, discrimination and disadvantage (including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, people of various socio-economic backgrounds, and the LGBTIQ community). 

Our Watch acknowledges that approaches to these issues are still evolving and that it is critical to engage all areas of the organisation to assist with developing our understanding and approach. We see this Intersectional Strategy as an initial step. It is a means of guiding our internal approach, and  will allow us to reflect and refine that approach over time.