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 and has supported and facilitated numerous events and activities to strive for gender equity and a world that is free from violence.
To get involved or for more information regarding any of the projects listed, contact Trinity on TrinityGa@djhs.org.au or phone 03 9361 9360
2019 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 Trinity at TrinityGa@djhs.org.au to nominate them for 2020.
Art of Gender Equity
An important step in reaching gender equality is to increase the visibility of women’s perspectives and amplify their voices. 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.
Gender Equity Interfaith project
Supporting the Interfaith Networks across Melbourne’s west to take action supporting gender equality in faith communities. In 2018 the group created the ‘Capturing Healthy Masculinity’ project that aimed to capture images of healthy masculinity in our local community. 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.
Walk With Her – November 24 at Maddingley Park, Bacchus Marsh
For the second time, Walk With Her is going to take place in the Moorabool Shire as an event marking the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. This community walk will take place in Maddingley Park in Bacchus Marsh on Sunday November 24 to kick start the 16 Days of Activism. Walk With Her promotes women’s participation in community life and aims to encourage people to walk together to create a safer, more respectful and equal community. To stay up to date with Walk With Her visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/413140552605984/
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. Djerriwarrh Health Services aim to increase community awareness and confidence to take action in small and large ways to redress gender imbalances.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T Exhibition – Expressions of Interest close September 30
The R.E.S.P.E.C.T Exhibition expressions of interest are now open. This exhibition will be held from December 1 – 31 and seeks to highlight the need for and ways of strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships between and among women and men, girls and boys. The R.E.S.P.E.C.T theme aims to create opportunities for each artist to showcase positive and respectful relationships through their art.
She’s Game Melton and Moorabool Awards 2019 – Nominations close October 15
Two separate awards will be launched each celebrating and profiling the achievements of 8 female sports players, coaches, administrators and volunteers from sporting clubs and associations from Melton and Moorabool areas. Stories will be shared about these women highlighting their achievements and contribution to their local sporting code or community. All Melton recipients will be formally awarded, on Tuesday November 26 during Melton City Council’s Women in Sport breakfast event. The details for Moorabool’s award ceremony will be shared soon.
Nominations for this year are now open, you can nominate online here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/shesgame2019 or phone Trinity on 9361 3960 to organise a hard copy.
Please note that nominations close on Tuesday October 15 at 5:00pm.
International Day of the Girl
Art Competition – Closes September 11
Following on from International Day of the Girl primary school student competition held in 2018, it was decided by the Women Making it Happen that we should continue this opportunity and extend it to secondary school students in 2019.
Primary and secondary school students across Melton and Moorabool have been invited to submit an art work or written entry responding to a prompt. By focusing on girls, we acknowledge the lifelong consequences of barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their human rights. The school is an important setting that can empower girls, while highlighting their challenges and seeking to minimise them.
‘Girls = Unstoppable’ Exhibition – October 1 – 31, Lerderderg Library in Bacchus Marsh
Prize winners from the International Day of the Girl Art Competition will be awarded during a special presentation ceremony at the Lerderderg Library on October 10 and have their art work featured in the ‘Girls = Unstoppable’ exhibition.
For enquiries call our Health Promotion Team on:
Ph: (03) 9361 9301
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