Together for Equality & Respect – A Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women in Melbourne’s East 2013-2017 was launched on Thursday 23 May 2013 at a Gender Equality Forum at Maroondah Federation Estate. The event was hosted by comedian and author Nelly Thomas, with approximately 100 guests from across the East attending.
Keynote speaker Clementine Ford spoke powerfully and provocatively about the role of the media and popular culture in preventing violence against women. Forum panellists Cara Gleeson from VicHealth, David Digapony of Equality Consulting, Gregg Nicholls, CEO of MonashLink Community Health Service, Kellie Nagle from the Municipal Association of Victoria and Kristine Olaris CEO of Women’s Health East shared their knowledge and experience on how we can prevent violence against women. A Q&A session with these panellists discussed the path to gender equality and looked at the links between gender equality and the prevention of violence against women.
The Strategy was officially launched with all seven Local Governments and all eight Community Health Services, both Primary Care Partnerships, both Medicare Locals, the Regional Family Violence Partnership, DV East and the Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault publicly signing a commitment to working together to prevent violence against women in the Eastern Metropolitan Region in 2013-2017.
The launch of the Strategy was followed by opening of the Dark Nights Arts Exhibition.
Download the Together for Equality & Respect Strategy here.