As places of higher learning and research, universities are in a unique position to promote gender equality and prevent violence. Addressing gender inequality in all its forms, and wherever it appears, is the only way to stop violence before it starts.
In partnership with Our Watch and the Victorian Government, Australian universities have launched a world-leading holistic set of resources to combat gender inequality and prevent gender-based violence, Educating for Equality.
Educating for Equality will support universities to provide a safe working and learning environment where gender equality is actively promoted, gender stereotypes are challenged and gender-based discrimination becomes a thing of the past.
Universities Australia Chair Professor Deborah Terry AO used her National Press Club address on 10 March to re-commit the higher education sector to this important work.
Our Watch Chair Natasha Stott Despoja AO said the model was designed to work alongside response services such as student and counselling services.
“More than one and a half million people work or study in universities across Australia, and every one of them has the right to feel safe and respected,” Ms Stott Despoja said.
Victorian Minister for Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams said it was up to major organisations and governments to lead the way and promote change.
“I’m proud to see the culmination of the innovative partnership between the Victorian Government, Our Watch and Universities Australia,” she said.
“The development of this model is critical to our prevention efforts in ending gender-based violence and creating more inclusive, equal and respectful places for students and staff not just in universities, but everywhere.”
Educating for Equality was developed in collaboration with Monash University, Western Sydney University, Southern Cross University and La Trobe University.
Educating for Equality supporting resources can be found at educatingforequality.org.au.