This interactive forum completes the 2016 That Inspires Respect project by drawing together a diverse group of people to discuss the issues of respect and its links to gender based violence. The forum will include a screening of the films produced in the project, an opportunity to hear of this experience through the voices of its creators and a discussion with key advocates of gender equality and respect from a variety of viewpoints.
with the participation of:
Fiona McCormack – Domestic Violence Victoria
Julie Kun - WIRE Women’s Information & Referral Exchange
Annie Douglas – Women’s Health in the North
Cara Gleeson – Young Women’s Christian Association Victoria
That Inspires Respect is an arts and education project which brings youth into contact with the value of respect required to ensure violence against women is eliminated from society for good. The aim of the project is to drive a strong message of prevention of violence through respect, bringing young voices out to the public at a critical age of development and building relationships.
In the 2016 edition of the project, students from 4 secondary schools from the Moreland City Council and Hume City Council areas, teamed up with filmmakers to collaboratively write and produce short films with messages of respect. Two films were written and produced, highlighting issues including bullying, gender stereotypes, peer pressure and discrimination, through the voices and experiences of the youth themselves.
The project was developed in partnership by Casa Cultura and JERA International, Justice Equality Rights Access International, funded by The R.E. Ross Trust and the Moreland City Council, and made possible with support from Banksia Gardens Community Services, the Coburg Community Houses, School of Media and Communication - RMIT University, WIRE - Women's Information and Referral Exchange and Refuge of Hope.
About the Speakers:
Chief Executive Officer, Domestic Violence Victoria
Fiona McCormack is the CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) the peak body for family violence services for women and children in Victoria. DV Vic provides political advocacy on behalf of, and in partnership with its member organisations for violence prevention, systemic change and enhancement of systems.
Most of Fiona’s working life has focused on issues affecting women and currently, she is interested in human rights, poverty alleviation and social services. Fiona represents the family violence sector on statewide and Ministerial committees. Highlights of her work have included presenting in Shenyang as part of the China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program and to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Mostly, Fiona enjoys working with, and learning from, the courage and wisdom of other women.
Chief Executive Officer, WIRE (Women’s Information Referral Exchange)
Julie is the CEO of the Women’s Information Referral Exchange (WIRE), a Victorian state-wide organisation with a vision to create a society in which women are safe, respected, valued and empowered to make genuine choices in their lives.
Julie is an authentic, innovative and strategic leader who creates and translates vision into plans, implemented by empowering others to take action. She is an exceptional and highly respected network builder who grows lasting partnerships. She is a collaborative leader accomplished at leading staff through complex change and a passionate social justice advocate, public speaker and campaigner. Her experience spans across several sectors including the women’s, CALD, aged, disability and Indigenous sectors.
Health Promotion Worker, Women’s Health in the North
Annie works in the health promotion team at Women’s Health In the North and the focus of her work is on the prevention of violence against women. As WHIN is a small organisation with a large region to cover, they aim to work strategically and in partnership with various organisations across the northern region. Building A Respectful Community is the northern metro region (NMR) strategy on preventing violence against women and it is WHIN’s role to lead this work and provide assistance and resources to our partners to implement the actions outlined in this strategy.
Providing specialist knowledge on PVAW is a key part of Annie’s role and one way she does this is as a member of various steering groups for place-based prevention projects occurring across the NMR. Some of which have a focus on respectful relationships education. Another key element of her role is the delivery of workshops and information sessions on preventing violence against women and gender equity.
Young Women's Christian Association Victoria
Cara has a decade of experience in gender equality, women’s rights, preventing violence and women, peace and security in the NFP sector internationally and in Australia. She currently is the program manager for Children and Young People at Our Watch. She has previously worked at VicHealth in their preventing violence against women program and at the Australian Government Office for Women. She holds governance roles as the Vice President for YWCA Victoria and chair of YWCA Housing and was a founding member of Young WILPF in Australia. She has represented YWCA Australia at the UN Commission of the Status of Women three times and has presented at the UN Human Rights Commission through the Universal Periodic Review.
About the partners:
Casa Cultura is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses its efforts on using the power of the arts and culture as a vehicle to develop socially functional identities in displaced communities, as a tool to bring about social change and as a mechanism to promote social inclusiveness. With a focus on the cultural voice of Latin America, Casa Cultura develops capacity-building programs to raise the profile of its artistic practitioners to the point where a tangible social impact can start to be felt and reaches out to find opportunities for participation and collaboration in the wider cultural context of Australia. www.facebook.com/casacultura.org
JERA - Justice Equality Rights Access International is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes Justice, Equality, Rights Access (JERA) International to bring about positive change for women. Working in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and internationally, JERA International promotes positive action to achieve gender equality. JERA uses a practical and rights-based approach to directly advance women’s participation in policy discussions and change. www.jerainternational.org