Violence against women and children is now widely recognised as a global problem and one of the most widespread violations of human rights (VicHealth, 2008). The impact of violence has profound consequences for women, children, families and whole communities. Violence against women and children is serious, prevalent and preventable as indicated by the evidence. (Change the Story 2015).
Violence against women and children is a priority issue for communities and organisations in the G21 region. The Preventing Violence Against Women and Children Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is a four-year plan which aims to engage partner organisations to address the catastrophic issue through collective action towards a shared vision. To successfully address the issue, an understanding of gender equity and the role that gender plays in preventing violence is essential.
The rationale for addressing gender equity includes:
- Gender inequity is one of the main drivers behind violence against women; a more equitable culture results in less violence
- There is increased productivity in the workplace if there is less violence
- Evidence suggests a link between gender equality and better organisational performance
- Gender equitable workplaces attract top talent as opens up the talent pool.
(Workplace Gender Equity Agency 2015).
Source: Change the Story – Research by ANROWS, Our Watch and VicHealth
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