Djerriwarrh Health Services (DjHS) acknowledges that violence in the workplace and in the community in all forms is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. A key priority for the Health Promotion team is to challenge and change attitudes, beliefs and cultures that support violence. We believe that violence against women is best prevented by ensuring that respectful attitudes, behaviours and beliefs are shaped in the places where we live, work, learn and play.
Violence against women is a serious, prevalent and preventable epidemic that won’t be stopped by one person, one organisation or one action alone; it needs a concerted long-term, sustained effort by individuals, communities and organisations. Since 2013 DjHS’ Health Promotion Team has prioritised the prevention of violence against women as one of its Integrated Health Promotion project areas.
2018 Current projects:
Women Making it Happen
Every year since 2015 Women Making it Happen group members have coordinated and implemented various activities to increase awareness of violence against women and how it can be prevented. 12 women are awarded annually as ‘Women Making it Happen’ and have their contribution to their families, workplaces and community acknowledged for International Women’s Day. Do you know a woman making it happen? Contact Bernadette at BernadetteD@djhs.org.au to nominate them for 2019.
Internationally, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence begins on 25th November which is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10th, International Human Rights Day. Across the 16 days, people from around the world use the campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence and impact of gender based violence against women. Melton City Council and Djerriwarrh Health Services work in partnership to increase community awareness and confidence to take action in small and large ways to redress gender imbalances. To get involved or to hear more contact Bernadette at: BernadetteD@djhs.org.au
Walk with Her
Every year in the first week of March the community is invited to attend a free community walk at Hannah Watts Park in Melton to walk together to strive for equality and awareness of violence against women. This is a free event is led by the Women Making It Happen. To get involved or to hear more contact Bernadette at: BernadetteD@djhs.org.au
For the first time this year the Walk With Her Moorabool will take place at Maddingley Park in Bacchus Marsh, from 10am-3pm on Sunday the 25th of November to mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism.
Art of Gender Equity
An important step in reaching gender equality is to increase the visibility of women’s voices and perspectives. This includes providing women with a voice, the opportunity to portray their perspective, explore the creative arts to recognise the role that local women have previously, and continue to have in our local community.
The Art of Conversation Exhibition
The Art of Conversation exhibition showcases the works of five local female artists and is on display at the Melton Library and Learning Hub from November 20 and December 16 2018.
An opening celebration will be held on Tuesday December 4 from 6:30pm at the Melton Library and Learning Hub. Please RSVP for the opening celebration to HealthPromotion@djhs.org.au or call Trinity on (03) 9361 9360.
Gender Equity Interfaith project
Supporting the Interfaith Networks across Melbourne’s west to take action supporting gender equality in faith communities. To get involved or to hear more contact Ben at: email@example.com
Local women paving the way
Local Women Paving the Way sets in stone the individual and collective contributions that past and present Melton women have had in influencing and shaping our community.
Led by the Women Making it Happen group, and facilitated by Djerriwarrh Health Services’ Health Promotion team, increasing opportunities for women to have their voices heard and their achievements recognised is what lies at the heart of this project. By highlighting the diverse roles of women, both historically and currently, we can challenge unequal opportunities and provide recognition and role models for women.
For enquiries call our Health Promotion Team on:
Ph: (03) 9361 9301
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