Gender Equity Victoria is the independent peak body for gender equity organisations, practitioners and supporters in Victoria.
A gender equal society where all people, but especially women*, are free from the harm of gender inequity.
Though men, women and non-binary people all suffer as a consequence of gender inequity, women, which includes trans women, have been particularly affected. Diminishing the harm of gender inequity means applying special measures to address centuries of disadvantage, discrimination and mistreatment experienced by women.
We believe gender equity:
- Should exist in all places, organisations and industries in Victoria.
- creates prosperity for all Victorians in all communities.
- is best achieved through partnership between government, industry and community.
- takes time – generations of consistent hard work.
- Relies on a combination of individual and collective efforts across waves of reform.
Intersectional gender equity
"Gender inequity doesn't affect everyone in the same way. To think so is in itself privileged and dangerous. In a society that is patriarchal and built on colonisation - culture, language, race, ability, gender identity, sexuality, regionality and social status change the nature, intensity and prevalence of gender inequity. A gender equal society must be intersectional and see the whole person".
- Courage and Persistence
- Fairness and Feminism
- Authenticity and Intelligence
- Openness and Connection
- Care and Joy
Our Ways of Working
- We challenge harmful attitudes, structures and unequal power
- We connect, coordinate, and amplify voices from different sectors
- We provide leadership innovation with new skills, experience and networks
- We collaborate at local, regional, state, national and global levels
- We educate, train and support individual change agents
- We share evidence and best practice informed by our members
- We communicate the cause of gender equity with accessible infographics and data.
- We mobilise resources through membership, training, consultancy, communities of practice and entrepreneurialism.
Ending the Harm of Gender Inequity
Gender inequity is harmful to the physical, mental, emotional and economic health and wellbeing of Victorian women, men and gender diverse people.
It is the primary cause and key driver of gendered violence, especially violence against women. Poor attitudes and behaviours towards women, such as sexist jokes, language and the objectification of women, as well as the application of rigid gender roles and stereotypes at home, in the workplace and in community, creates the foundation for threats, abuse, harassment and violence.
Gender inequity leads to poor health consequences for all Victorians, but especially women and gender diverse people, who face sex and gender discrimination at work, at home and in community. Health consequences include both physical and mental health impacts of inequity.
Gender inequity leads to a persistent gender pay and superannuation gap as well as a higher risk of poverty for women, who face lifelong economic barriers as a consequence of unequal, gendered beliefs and attitudes towards paid and unpaid work and the sharing of parental responsibilities.
Gender inequity drains the wealth and productivity of women and, in turn, the wealth and productivity of the State of Victoria.