Women’s Health Goulburn North East hosts the Gender Equity Community of Practice (CoP), which expands the focus of what was previously known as the Prevention of Violence Community of Practice to gender equity.
Why the shift in focus?
This shift in focus is integral to understanding, and being able to work with, one of the key drivers of violence against women – gender inequality.
Gender inequality and violence against women are complex problems that require complex, multi-faceted strategies that consider many perspectives. The diverse members of the CoP are well positioned to bring these different perspectives and understandings of this complex problem to affect change in many systems across the region.
What does the Community of Practice do?
The CoP aims to build practitioner understanding of gender inequality as the root cause of violence against women through bi-monthly capacity building sessions.
Each CoP meeting focuses on a particular area of interest, designed to incrementally build participants’ understanding of gender equity and confidence in implementing gender equity principles in their own teams.
Thus far, these interest areas have included Gender Transformative Practice, presented by Nancy Greaves and Lorraine Poole, Communicating for Gender Equality, presented by Mark Chenery at Common Cause and Engaging Men and Boys, presented by Dr Michael Flood.
Masculinity, gender inequality and family violence articles by Dr Michael Flood
Each GE CoP participant is encouraged to join one of the five CoP working groups to directly practice and apply learnings from the session guest presenters.
Five new working groups have been developed under the Community of Practice model to align with key strategic priorities – gender-based violence, mental health and wellbeing, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and climate change.
Learn more about the Gender Equity Community of Practice by emailing us.