9. Recognise the media’s promotion of harmful gender stereotypes and tell others about it

Watch this short clip by Miss Representation about the impacts of gender stereotyping for women and men. Send this clip to a colleague, friend or family member and share with them the main message you took from this clip in relation to violence against women.

The short clip from the Miss Representation film contains language and advertising images that sexually objectify women. These images may be distressing for some viewers.

If you are distressed by these images and require support, please contact Women’s Health West (ph: 039689 9588), Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault (ph: 03 9687 5811), or call Lifeline (ph: 13 11 14), for referral and counselling support.

How does it help?

Gender stereotypes serve to maintain discrimination, unequal power relations between women and men, and problematic gender identities around violence, dominance and control (UN Women 2015). The media is a key perpetuator of harmful gender stereotypes. Fortunately, the media is also a powerful vehicle for promoting gender equality and preventing violence against women, through portraying women and men in non-stereotypical, diverse and balanced ways, and promoting diverse and healthy depictions of masculinity and femininity (UN Women 2014).

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Keep taking action to recognise and challenge gender stereotypes in the media:

  • Watch this video to learn about the impacts of gender stereotypes on young people and children
  • Watch this TedX Talk to learn about how to avoid gender stereotypes
  • Vote with your wallet; boycott films and TV shows that perpetuate gender bias and stereotypes about women
  • Ensure the images and posters at your workplace/sports club/community group do not perpetuate gender stereotypes. If they do – say something about it!

Please note that these clips/articles contain information regarding the topics of sexism, gender inequality and violence against women. If you find the information distressing, please click through for information and support on self care. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please visit the our help section for further information and support.

10. Recognise how violence against women is also a men’s issue, and share this with the men in your life

Results from the ABS’ 2012 Personal Safety Survey show that 95 per cent of the violence women have experienced in Australia is at the hands of men. Clearly violence against women is a men’s issue too. Watch this short clip by Jackson Katz, an expert in preventing men’s violence against women, and then share the clip with a male friend or colleague.

How does it help?

For such a deeply entrenched problem as violence against women, we need to take action at all levels of society. Working with men and boys is internationally recognised as essential if we are to truly end men’s violence against women. This requires men to recognise that violence against women affects all of us and is driven by gender inequality, and committing to end it.

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You can continue to support men’s role as allies in ending violence against women:

  • Read about other men’s experience in taking action to end violence against women.
  • Commit to some of the actions on this list of things men can do to end men’s violence against women
  • Attend events about ending men’s violence against women and supporting gender equality

Please note that these clips/articles contain information regarding the topics of sexism, gender inequality and violence against women. If you find the information distressing, please click through for information and support on self care. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please visit the our help section for further information and support.

11. Find out why we have a gender pay gap in Australia and tell others about it

Many of us know there is a gender pay gap in Australia, but don’t understand why that is. The Australian Government has identified five key factors that contribute to the gender pay gap. Visit this webpage to find out more about these factors and other aspects of gender pay gap, then talk to a friend, colleague or family member about it. Learn to separate gender pay gap fact from fiction with this handy resource. Share the facts with others and address myths misperceptions when you hear them. Check out Australia’s Gender Equality Scorecard to see how we are tracking in closing the gender pay gap and creating equality at work.

How does it help?

The unequal distribution of power and resources between women and men is acknowledged internationally as one of the main drivers of violence against women. Economic resources are a major part of this inequality. The gender pay gap contributes to inequality in power between women and men (including economic resources, social status and participation in decision-making) and also makes it more difficult for women to leave a violent partner.

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You can continue to take action about the gender pay gap:

  • Advocate for a gender pay audit at your workplace to ensure pay equity
  • Read this checklist for pay equity practice

Please note that these clips/articles contain information regarding the topics of sexism, gender inequality and violence against women. If you find the information distressing, please click through for information and support on self care. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please visit the our help section for further information and support.

12. Recognise myths about violence against women and educate others about them

There are many myths that exist about men’s violence against women in Australia. Read The Line’s list of myths about violence against women, and get the facts. Find the myth that resonates with you most and share with friends, colleagues or family on Facebook, Twitter or via email.

How does it help?

Many myths exist about violence against women, including what causes it, who is affected and who is responsible. Busting these myths is a key way to help prevent men’s violence against women and promote gender equality. A key way you can take action is by advocating for change, raising awareness and increasing understanding among your networks about men’s violence against women in Australia.

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You can keep taking action to recognise and challenge myths about violence against women:

  • Check out this resource to learn about common curly questions about violence against women and how you can respond.
  • Challenge myths about violence against women when you hear them; don’t stay silent
  • Watch this clip about rape culture and myths perpetrated about sexual violence

Please note that these clips/articles contain information regarding the topics of sexism, gender inequality and violence against women. If you find the information distressing, please click through for information and support on self care. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please visit the our help section for further information and support.