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
A space for connecting, reflection and growth.
While WHGNE’s strategic priorities remain the same – gender justice (incorporating mental wellbeing, economic wellbeing and the prevention of gendered violence), climate justice and sexual and reproductive health rights – members will not be split into groups under each of these areas. We acknowledge that our collective prevention work across these priority areas is connected and interrelated, and that common touchpoints exist across the systems we work within. We also see this as an opportunity for you to get to know the wider network and their priorities, and make connections in unexpected places.
The group work space will be somewhere where you can bring your practice challenges, ideas and reflections to work through in a small group. We will continue to provide you with resources and questions for reflective practice in your small group.
We ask that you come along to each meeting prepared to share your current gender equity work, or an idea you are wanting to explore. This space is all about connecting, reflection and growth.
Learn more about the Gender Equity Community of Practice by emailing us.
Get involved in the GE CoP in 2022
In 2022, members will continue to have access to guest presentations from experts in primary prevention and gender equality, as well as the opportunity to connect with peers and collaborate on gender equity work across the region. As we move to a flexible structure in 2022, members will have the opportunity to engage with practice challenges and skills across Women’s Health Goulburn North East’s strategic focus areas: climate justice, economic wellbeing, mental wellbeing, the prevention of gendered violence and sexual & reproductive health rights. Read our Strategic Plan for more details.
Community of Practice meetings will be held online on the first Thursday of every second month. Pop this year’s dates into your diary:
Meeting 1 – Thursday 7 April 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Meeting 2 – Thursday 2 June 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Meeting 3 – Thursday 4 August 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Meeting 4 – Thursday 6 October 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Meeting 5 – Thursday 1 December 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm
*Note: Meeting 5 may be moved to an in-person gathering, pending member preferences.