Gender equality advocacy is undergoing a profound shift from individual rights to collective responsibility. Victoria’s thriving gender equity movement has created an environment for nationally leading gender equity reforms such as family violence reforms, long service leave provisions and the Gender Equality Act 2020. GEN VIC, while external to government decision making structures, plays a role as critical friend and early warning system, helping to build capacity for government departments to deliver on their aspirations and achieve better outcomes. In this way, GEN VIC enables Victoria to contribute to Australia’s commitment to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and Sustainable Development Goals focussed on gender equality.
Keeping governments, business and community organisations accountable for gender equity obligations is a key priority of all members.
We’re building towards:
- A connected, coordinated and independent gender equity movement with collective impact – a unique combination of activism and entrepreneurialism
- Successful implementation of the Gender Equality Act 2020 in Victoria with benefits extending beyond public sector entities to business, community and philanthropic sector
- Monitoring and accountability for substantive and incremental shifts to Victoria’s Gender Baseline, including improving datasets and indicators and addressing intersectionality.
At #DefiningEquity2021, GEN VIC Annual Conference, GEN VIC brought together local and global experts to talk about how we can harness the defining moment we have witnessed in Victoria to create lasting, generational change.
The annual GEN VIC Under the Radar forum looked at invisible systems and institutions of sexism and misogyny that affect Victorian women. This forum was designed to build the capacity of practitioners, researchers, advocates, and policy makers to work towards a more gender equitable Victoria.
Seminars and Professional Development
GEN VIC runs lunchtime seminars for our members to strengthen their understanding and ability to prepare submissions to state budgets. More to come
Throughout February, GEN VIC hosted a series of seminars addressing a range of contemporary issues to grow the skills and knowledge of feminists within our communities.
GEN VIC facilitates Communities of Practice to share expertise and good practice. It brings organisations together to collaborate and coordinate work across the state and support organisations to engage in effective regional planning.
GEN VIC in collaboration with Monash Gender & Media Lab, have created this fact sheet that sets out some principals and tips for navigating the diverse and different views that we can often encounter online in shared political spaces.
GEN VIC along with other Gender Equality Avocates wrote an open letter to the members of the AEC Redidtribution Committee with an aim to consider to name the new electorate after Australian Women.
In collaboration with VLGA (Victorian Local Governance Association), GEN VIC launched the 50/50 Campaign to encourage women to run in local elections. The aim is to achieve equal representation at the local council by 2025.