This workshop is an introductory session which provides an overview of Australia’s current gender equality climate and explore everyday examples regarding gender norms. This workshop defines ‘gender’ as the everyday activities that shape what is taken to be the “natural” or “essential” nature of being a man or a woman. We will challenge stereotypes based on binary gender, drawing on examples that illustrate ways that gendered norms maintain discrimination and exclusions, such as the Gender Pay Gap.
Our workshop introduces the link between gender equality and violence against women and girls through the four drivers of violence. The workshop will provide an overview of the 2016 Royal Commission into Violence Against Women and the latest implementation and reporting requirements of the Victoria Gender Equality Act 2020.