One simple way that individuals can get involved in 16 Days activities is to encourage and facilitate conversation. Conversations around gender-based violence and gender equity are important for shifting attitudes, beliefs and behaviours.
These conversation starters have been developed to assist you to start an informal conversation with colleagues, family, friends, and community members about gender-based violence, sexism, and disrespect towards women.
Conversations can be challenging and may bring up a range of difficult issues and emotions for people. Consider this before you start a conversation and make sure you feel safe, supported, and prepared.
Kitchen Table Conversation Starters
95% of all victim survivors experience violence from a male perpetrator (regardless of the victim's gender). Why do you think this is?
How do rigid gender stereotypes impact men? How do rigid gender stereotypes impact women and other marginalised genders?
Who does what chores in your household? Why do you think labour is divided this way?
Who are your female role models? Do you think they experienced discrimination because of their gender?
How does the media portray women? Do you think the media treats women fairly?
Do you think the media blame victims of sexual harassment and sexual violence, or do they place more blame on the perpetrator?
How can we get men more involved in preventing sexism and harassment towards women?
Do you know what sexism is? How can we respond to sexism when we see it in our homes and communities?
Do you think there is a problem with sexism / gender inequality in our communities?
How can we teach young people about consent? When does consent education start?
Women’s Health Loddon Mallee acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, work and play.
We celebrate and respect the unique cultural and spiritual relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples share with the lands, sky and waters and the ongoing contribution their cultures make to the life of the region.
As we pay our respects to Elders past, present and future, we pledge our commitment towards reconciliation and justice.
We recognise the strength and resilience of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and are dedicated to a future in which they feel connected, empowered and safe within the communities of the Loddon Mallee region.