3. Learn about the concepts of gender equality, gender equity and patriarchy

Many of us have heard the terms  gender equality, gender equity and patriarchy, but might not know what these terms mean and how they relate to men’s violence against women.

Check out these short articles , clips and images, which help explain these concepts:

  • This info graphic provides a snapshot of gender inequality in Australia
  • In this talk by Ananya Roy describes her lived experience of patriarchy and discusses what is needed to overcome gender inequality
  • Laura Bates, who started the Everyday Sexism Project, discusses gender inequality in the UK in this short video (Content Note: this clip and the Everyday Sexism Project website features strong language and discussions of violence and sexual assault against women and girls)
  • Read this short article by bell hooks to learn about patriarchy and its role in men’s violence against women

How does it help?

While many Australian’s support equality there is less understanding of the role of gender equity in achieving this.

Learning about patriarchy also helps us to understand some of the history that has produced the gender inequality women experience today. Patriarchy as a system, belief, ideology and practice, enables, minimises, excuses and justifies men’s use of violence against women, to maintain male dominance. Learning about patriarchy and how you can challenge it is key to preventing men’s violence against women.

Keep going!

You can learn more about patriarchy and gender inequity/inequality by checking out the following short videos and articles:

In late 2016, Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins travelled all over Australia to explore our progress towards achieving gender equality. You can read about what she found and the Commission’s thoughts on how we can create a more gender equal country.

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.