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New funding to prevent gendered violence in universities

September 23, 2021 / Our Watch media

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All Victorian universities will be equipped with the tools they need to prevent and stamp out gendered violence with the expansion of an innovative Our Watch program backed by the Victorian Government.

Our Watch has welcomed the Victorian Government’s extra funding of $250,000 on top of $550,000 already invested, to support the further rollout of Educating for Equality – a world-leading model to help universities keep students safe from gendered violence and stamp out damaging behavior before it starts.

Educating for Equality was developed through a partnership between the Victorian Government, Universities Australia and Our Watch.

It’s a whole-of-university model for primary prevention – involving a comprehensive set of resources and tools, including an implementation guide, key messages and training packages designed to challenge the behaviours, culture, norms and structures that drive gender-based violence.

Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence Gabrielle Williams said this funding was crucial to preventing violence against women.

“Challenging the behaviors and attitudes that drive violence against women means more inclusive, equal and respectful universities for students and staff – but also a safer Victoria for all women.”

“The expansion of Educating for Equality means all Victorian universities are being equipped with tools and resources to stop gendered violence,” she said.

Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney said this was important work for universities.

“This initiative sends a loud, clear message that gendered violence has no place in our universities – and it will have a ripple effect throughout the Victorian community.”

This new investment will expand the program’s reach into all Victorian universities and is in addition to the Government’s $3 million investment in Our Watch to continue its vital work as a national leader in the prevention of violence against women and their children.

Through respect and equality programs in workplaces and schools, the Government and Our Watch are connecting with communities where they live, work and play, to understand family violence and stop it before it starts.

Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly said that this work contributed to further progress based on the international and national evidence that shows gender inequality is a core driver of gender equality.

“It is vital that universities provide safe working and learning environments where gender stereotypes are challenged, gender-based discrimination is unacceptable, and gender equality is actively modelled and promoted,” she said.

Educating for Equality frameworks and supporting resources can be found at educatingforequality.org.au

Media contact

Shannon McKeogh, Senior Media and Communications Advisor (shannon.mckeogh@ourwatch.org.au or 0412 612 039) or media@ourwatch.org.au

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About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.

Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.

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