16 Days of Activism 2022

Redefining Masculinity with Matt Brown

Proudly presented by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee + the Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence Network.

Matt Brown, internationally acclaimed hair artist and founder of the anti-violence movement “She is Not Your Re-hab”, speaks about his work in redefining masculinity to help end the cycle of domestic violence affecting families throughout the world. Matt is joined in conversation with Camilo Demarco, creator/facilitator of the Merrijig Mooroopook (Healthy Spirits) program, a men’s healing program that works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men who have used family violence.

Trigger warning: This discussion touches on themes that could be triggering for some, including family violence, child sexual abuse, self-harm and suicide. Please exercise self-care when deciding whether to view this recording. 

How Do We Change the Landscape in the Loddon Mallee?

An online forum in conversation with Women with Disabilities Victoria and Nicole Lee.

In this online forum held June 15 2022, experts Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) helped us to unpack Our Watch and WDV’s new resource Changing the Landscape: A National resource to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities with guest speaker Nicole Lee.

  • What do we mean when we say ableist attitudes?
  • How do ableist attitudes intersect with gendered drivers of violence to create a society where women with disabilities experience extremely high rates of violence?
  • What can we do to Change the Landscape?

About Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee advocates for women and girls who have a disability or who rely on family members or carers for support and is a survivor of family violence. Among her many achievements Nicole is a writer for Women’s Agenda, a Board member of Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre and was a member of Victoria’s first Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council.

Nicole has been instrumental in shaping the way Victoria responds, and works to prevent Family Violence, and she continues to provide vital advocacy work through a range of public forums.

16 Days of Activism 2021

Bystander Action Panel – Real World Responses to Gender Inequality

An online, interactive workshop, where three presenters draw on real world examples of activism in media, politics and beyond, with a particular focus on the Loddon Mallee Region.

    • Bystander Action in Media – Nicole Ferrie, Centre for Non Violence
    • Bystander Action through Digital Storytelling – Emma Brentnall, Campaspe Primary Care Partnership
    • Bystander Action in Politics – Cr. Helen Healy, Mildura


Conversations for Change: Challenging Outdated Stereotypes
4 August 2021

 – Changing our Story in the Loddon Mallee Region –  

“Challenging Outdated Gender Stereotypes” is the first of a three-part event series showcasing initiatives that are working to affect change in the Loddon Mallee region.

With special guest presenters Simon Rice, Katherine Trail and Deepa Patel discussing the HuMAN Code project from the Macedon Ranges.
And Catherine Thompson, Deidre Reid and Cr Helen Healy from Gender Equity Action Sunraysia- GEAS discussing their work in engaging men and whole communities in the Northern Mallee to challenge gender stereotypes.

We encourage interested organisations and community groups from the region to join the CARE Partnership


Conversations for Change: Men’s Role & Experiences Engaging in Change – 19 August 2021

 – Changing our Story in the Loddon Mallee Region –  

Carolyn Neilson shares the latest activity and learnings from the ‘It’s about HuMANity, not gender stereotypes’ initiative speaking with men in communities across Mt Alexander and Central Goldfields Shires.

Emma Brentnall – Campaspe PCP shares the Campaspe- Together for Equality community co-design Personas project, highlighting the needs and expectations of different members of Campaspe communties when engaging men in the conversation and working towards gender equality.

Alex Playsted represents a group of local men in Castlemaine who’ve come together to explore how they help reduce men’s violence towards women. He shares his insights and reflections around the group’s experiences engaging in change.

A Webinar with Jess Hill, author of ‘See What You Made Me Do’

1 December 2020


Co-presented by Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and City of Greater Bendigo.

Jess Hill is an investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic violence since 2014. Prior to this, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. She was listed in Foreign Policy’s top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and her reporting on domestic violence has won two Walkley awards, an Amnesty International award and three Our Watch awards.

Jess Hill’s book, ‘See What You Made Me Do’ won the Stella Prize in 2020 and has been published in the UK and the US. The book is now being adapted into a 3-part series by Northern Pictures for SBS, and due to air next year.

Domestic abuse is a national emergency: one in four Australian women has experienced violence from a man she was intimate with. But too often we ask the wrong question: why didn’t she leave? We should be asking: why did he do it?

Gender and Disaster – A Panel Discussion / 25 November 2020

This 16 Days of Activism event, facilitated by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee took place on Day One of the 2020 16 Days of Activism Against Gendered Violence Campaign.

Disasters are ever-present in Australia. Bushfires are an annual occurrence and a threat to health, well-being, and the environment. The effect of disasters on women, men and people with diverse gender and sexual identities is long-lasting and harmful. The social impacts of COVID-19 and bushfires are almost identical, with very few differences.

The increase in domestic violence is visible in the pandemic and has been documented after bushfires. Gender relations take a 50-year set back in disasters and allow incursions into hard won rights for women, people with diverse gender and sexual identities and other minority groups. The gendered nature of housework and childcare have become even more apparent with families having to home-school and work from home. For men expectation of being a protector and provider is exacerbated and frequently leads to harmful behaviours.

The panel discussion explores a wide range of topics relating to gender expectations and impacts during Bushfires and COVID19. The panelists explore ways that we are able to “call out” gendered norms and stereotypes, including violence against women and LGBTI people within the planning, responding and recovery phases of disasters in Victoria.


Debra Parkinson
Since 2009, Dr Debra Parkinson’s research has focused on environmental justice and gender and disaster. Over the past two decades, she has researched diverse gendered issues, including intimate partner violence and rape, women’s unequal access to the legal system, and gendered discrimination through the superannuation system. In 2015, Debra was awarded the ‘Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Thesis Award’ from Monash University for her PhD on increased domestic violence after the Victorian ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires.

Liam Leonard
Liam Leonard is an academic, policy analyst and community advocate with over 10 years experience in the area of GLBTI health and wellbeing. In 2017, when the GAD Pod, in partnership with La Trobe University , completed a research project on identifying the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities before, during and after emergencies in Victoria. This research aimed to learn about the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities in emergencies in Victoria.

Steve O’Malley
Steve first joined the fire service in 1988. In 2008, Steve’s focus shifted to include violence prevention. Since then, Steve has been a tireless advocate in this area. Steve is strongly committed to making a difference and has been a key player in driving sector reform in emergency management to promote gender equality. Steve argues passionately that “violence is preventable” and “it is a basic human right to be safe.”