Women’s Health Matters has developed materials to help increase women’s safety in and encourage their use of public spaces across the Canberra region with a focus on the Canberra City precinct. This project has been funded by the City Renewal Authority and Office for Women.
Watch this space because we will also be developing an active bystander training package to accompany our marketing campaign.
Everyone has a role to play in preventing violence against women.
There will be many times when we see discrimination or violence against women, even when we are not directly involved. When this happens, there are lots of different ways we can ‘ step up’. Everyone has a role to play – we can all take action to prevent violence against women.
Did you know that most Australians say they would act or like to act when witnessing abuse or disrespect towards women?
When you take action against disrespect, discrimination or violence against women, you will have the support of most people around you. You don’t need to be a hero, there are little things you can do. It only takes small steps.
To end violence against women, we need to challenge attitudes, behaviours and stereotypes that promote gender inequality.
Violence against women is any act that causes physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women. It includes sexual harassment at work or in public, sexual violence, and domestic violence at home.
Research shows that violence against women is driven by traditional and harmful gender stereotypes that influence our behaviour, attitudes and communities. Traditional and harmful gender stereotypes lead to gender inequality, and attitudes, behaviours and communities that condone violence against women.
Violence against women is serious and common, but there are things that all of us can do to step up against attitudes, behaviours and stereotypes that promote gender inequality.
Check out some of the posters we have developed for the Step up! Campaign below.