Plan International Australia and Our Watch
The Plan International Australia and Our Watch survey on young women’s experiences of inequality was conducted by IPSOS Australia with 600 girls and young women aged 15-19 between December 2015 and February 2016. Plan International and Our Watch commissioned this survey to obtain a deeper understanding of young women’s gendered experiences, their most pressing desires for change, and their insights into how to address gender inequality in Australia. This survey explored young women’s experiences, perceptions and suggestions for change in three key areas:
- Everyday experiences of gender equality, inequality and sexism;
- Girls’ and young women’s safety – online, at home, school and work, and in relationships;
- Sexual health and reproductive rights.
National Union of Students
This report details the findings of the National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Department’s Talk About It survey (2015) and reveals a range of alarming statistics about the experiences of women studying at Australian Universities. The survey looked at accommodation, safety, student services, sexual assault, harassment and economic difficulties that women enrolled in tertiary education institutions face. It was found that women students have a range of experiences which impact on their ability to participate in and succeed at university including financial difficulties, health problems and family responsibilities. Experiences of harassment, sexual assault and violence at university were also found to be very common, with over 70% of respondents saying that they had experienced some from of harassment during their time at university. In the final pages of the report, the NUS women’s department has provide a number of recommendations to improve support provided for women at university.
Victorian Trades Hall Council
This report presents the findings of consultations with working women, which became known as WRAW (Women’s Rights At Work), undertaken by Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) throughout 2016. A common theme arising in these consultations was the extent to which cultures of sexism and gender inequality were impacting on women’s safety and health at work. This report is a resource designed to raise awareness of this issue and to promote action to eliminate the violence Victorian women are experiencing at work.
Male Champions of Change
This report focuses on workplace responses to family violence and shares the steps, processes and frameworks that organisations/workplaces have found effective. The report also includes case study examples of strategies employed by Male Champions member organisations relating to Employee Assistance Providers (EAPs) and managers.
Victorian State Government
Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change outlines the Victorian State Government’s plan to implement all 227 recommendations of Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence. This 10 Year Plan was recommended by the Royal Commission and details the outcomes of the Government’s family violence reforms and the initial targets by which the plan’s progress will be measured.
Victorian State Government
Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy sets out to redress gender inequality, sexism and violence against women through a number of reforms and initiatives, including:
- Enacting a Gender Equality Act to embed strong governance structures and to promote and improve gender equality across government
- Creating new agency dedicated to preventing family violence before it occur
- Reviewing laws against sexist advertising and gender-based hate speech
- Gender audits across government and the public sector to create inclusive and flexible workplaces, equal pay, leadership development and mentoring and recruitment and promotion
- Establishing a Prevention Agency with dedicated funding to strengthen the prevention of family violence, including funding, coordinating and supporting local organisations working in the field of prevention to change community attitudes and behaviours that lead to family violence
- Scholarships to encourage young and emerging women leaders Gender equality programs in grassroots sporting clubs.
- Hosting the first all women trade delegation in China Promoting women’s cultural activities and participation via the arts and media
- Establishing two expert committees, a Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality and an Equal Workplaces Advisory Committee (EWAC) to provide expert advice to government in the ongoing commitment to achieve gender equality
- Establishing a memorial for victims and a family violence index to highlight the horrifying and irreversible price many women have paid due to family violence
There are six key settings for early action in the implementation of the strategy that include; education and training; work and economic security; health, safety and wellbeing; leadership and representation; sport and recreation; and media, arts and culture.
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS),
This report outlines findings from a study which aimed to establish a baseline picture of the extent and nature of reporting of violence against women by the Australian media to inform future strategies for change.
The media has been identified in numerous Australian state and national policy documents as a priority area for action on preventing violence against women. The media feature as a priority area in primary prevention because of its potential influence on public understanding of violence against women and power to shape public discourse.
White Ribbon Research Series
Dr Adele Murdolo and Dr Regina Quiazon, May 2016
This report explores the key issues in working with men from immigrant and refugee communities in Australia to prevent violence against women. It applies a feminist intersectional approach to the question of men’s engagement and examines a range of issues that need to be considered in the development of primary prevention engagement strategies for immigrant and refugee men.
Australian Government Department of Social Services, November 2015
On 17 April 2015, COAG endorsed a $30 million commitment to a national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children, which is jointly funded with the states and territories. This campaign will focus on primary prevention, specifically addressing the precursory attitudes of young people around respectful relationships and gender equality.
This research report was designed to inform the development of the national campaign, particularly to investigate: the attitudes and beliefs of young people (10-17 year olds) around gender equality and respectful relationships; identify adult influencers of young people, as a primary target of the campaign; inform an understanding of how to empower influencers of young people to engage in the topic, and mobilise their interaction.
Council of Australian Governments (COAG), April 2016
The COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children was established to provide advice to COAG on how to reduce violence against women and their children by identifying areas for national leadership.
In this report, the Advisory Panel recommends six areas for action to keep women and their children safe. One of these areas is targeted towards primary prevention, citing action area on to be: ‘National leadership to challenge gender inequality and transform community attitudes’.
A key recommendation of the report is that all Commonwealth, state and territory governments should commit to a long-term national primary prevention strategy, drawing on the shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.