Gender equity

We are committed to promoting gender equity and preventing violence against women through services, programs, planning and campaigns such as the 16 Days of Activism, International Women’s Day and women’s leadership programs. 

If you are in immediate danger, call the Police on 000 (triple zero). If you are affected by family violence, contact the 1800 RESPECT National Counselling Helpline on 1800 737 732.

Gender equity and prevention of violence against women

Violence against women is a gendered problem, with the majority of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and family violence in Australia perpetrated by men against women. 

Evidence shows that the underlying cause of violence against women is gender inequality.

For this reason, we are committed to promoting gender equity and preventing violence against women and their children. Our commitment is outlined in our long term strategy MV2040 as a health and wellbeing priority. 

Our approach to promoting gender equity and preventing violence against women is informed by 'Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.'

What are we doing? 

Some of the actions we are taking to promote gender equity and prevent violence against women include: 

  • we are a signatory to Preventing Violence Together, the western region partnership and strategy that guides the prevention of men’s violence against women across Melbourne’s west
  • we deliver programs that promote women’s leadership
  • we promote gender equality in our early years services 
  • we participate in the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence and celebrate International Women’s Day 
  • we work with partner organisations to ensure services in Moonee Valley can better identify and respond to family violence
  • we are developing female-friendly facilities and actively encourage women’s participation in sport 
  • we consider gender and safety when designing the built environment 
  • as an employer we are committed to addressing gender inequality and supporting staff who experience domestic violence 

16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign to end gender-based violence and promote gender equity. It takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day). It is a time to galvanise action to end violence against women and girls around the world. 

We're calling on the community of Moonee Valley to join us to promote, advance and champion the human rights of women and girls and to prevent gendered violence. 

What can you do?

You can join others taking action to end violence against women by signing up for the 16 Days Activist Challenge. The challenge offers daily learnings and activities to guide you on a learning journey during the 16 Days of Activism.

2018 campaign

We will be flying flags across Moonee Valley highlighting our support of the 16 Days of Activism campaign and urging the community to help end violence against women and girls.

We’re lighting up the Clocktower orange over the 16 days to show our support for the campaign. Orange is the colour chosen by the United Nations for the global advocacy campaign. This year's theme is 'Orange the World: #HearMeToo'.

Visit our Facebook page during the 16 Days of Activism to learn more about the campaign.

We are also holding a White Ribbon Day breakfast featuring family violence campaigner, commentator, former AFL/VFL footballer and former politician Phil Cleary.

2017 campaign

Over the 16 days, we shared video messages through our social media channels to highlight the work we do to encourage gender equity. The videos were designed to spread awareness of programs that help build a more inclusive community where girls and women are valued, respected and celebrated.

We also held a morning tea to acknowledge White Ribbon Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women at Wingate Avenue Community Centre.

Our 16 Days of Activism videos are available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Last updated: Friday, 9 November 2018, 5:19 AM