The 2021 Geraldton Community Respect and Equality Summit shone a spotlight on work being done in the City of Geraldton region to prevent men's violence against women.
Held annually, this summit brings together community service providers and local government to better understand prevailing issues affecting locals and encourage collective solutions.
Hosted by Desert Blue Connect, the summit challenged over 100 people, including our Manager for Midwest Services Sandra Nairn, to unpack gender biases associated with men and women. It also called on them to familiarise themselves with sustainable and preventative strategies that can be incorporated into workplaces, schools, religious, cultural and social groups.
Attendees cross referenced the work being done to address the issues within their own organisations, which presented Sandra with an opportunity to outline the objectives behind our Community Safety and Wellbeing teams.
"It was great to promote the programs we deliver in Geraldton like Not Our Way, ParentsNext and Inclusion support," Sandra said.
"I was also able to discover the resources available in my community and the key considerations when it comes to men's behaviour change," she added.
Perth advocate for Family and Domestic violence (FDV) Dr Ann O'Neill, former Wildcat skipper Damian Martin and General Manager for the Men's Project Paul Zappa gave presentations on gender inequality in the workplace and the need to call out family domestic violence when you see it.
Sandra said the group activities and discussions gave attendees a real understanding of the impact FDV has on Geraldton residents, and the practical tools needed to collectively prevent it.
As custodians of the world's largest social movement working to end men's violence, White Ribbon Australia, we understand that men's violence against women isn't unique to any one community, but the solutions are.
Speaking about the launch of the Community Response Fund this week, White Ribbon Australia Executive Director Brad Chilcott said this new initiative was about funding groups to mobilise and take action at a local level.
"To make a meaningful difference for women who experience sexism and violence every day, we need action, we need solutions that work, and those solutions will look different in every town and community," Mr Chilcott said.
"Every donation brings us closer to an Australia where in every sporting team, every club, every church, mosque or synagogue, women enjoy equality and men's violence is never tolerated."
Read more about the Community Response Fund here.
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