WHISE delivers a range of gender equity and related gender-based violence education and training sessions, working closely with and within local businesses and community organisations, local councils, schools/preschools and sports/recreation settings across the SMR. Sessions are specifically tailored to each organisations’ requirements and needs, as determined through pre-evaluation surveys.
Note: The term gender-based violence encompasses violence against women and family violence. It is an inclusive term which explains violence specifically directed against a woman because she is a woman, or violence which affects women disproportionately. It is useful in explaining other forms of violence, recognising individuals whose experience and/or identity do not conform to rigid constructions of gender, sex and sexuality.
Our suite of programs can be delivered for a minimum of 10 participants up to 30 participants with sessions ranging from one hour to full days.
WHISE customises all our training and capacity building initiatives to ensure that they are tailored to suit the audience, place and setting.
Our Training Offer
Our suite of development programs is divided into three areas that interconnect and can be combined in a range of ways to meet the needs of our stakeholders and community.
Core Gender Equity Programs
Exploring gender and gender inequity
- Increase understanding of the social construction of gender, focusing on the impact of masculine and feminine ideology on individuals’ everyday lives
- Increase understanding of the difference between gender equity and gender equality
- Increase individuals’ understanding of how gender inequities persist within Australia
- The link between gender inequality and gender-based violence
- Provide knowledge and understanding of how gender inequality leads to gender-based violence
- Increase understanding of the difference between the key drivers and contributing factors of gender-based violence
- Explore myths and facts about gender-based violence
- Provide knowledge regarding gender-based violence statistics, on a national and local level
Consultancy Services and Building Organisational Capacity
Gender equity: Embedding gender equity in the workplace setting
- Explore primary prevention, its place and importance within the workplace
- Increase individuals’ understanding of how gender inequities persist in workplace setting
- Improve awareness of gender drivers of violence within the workplace
- Explore the business case for challenging the drivers of violence within the workplace
- Practical examples of embedding gender equity within the workplace
Gender equity assessment
- Undertake a gender-responsive organisation checklist; a preliminary Gender Equity Assessment
- Identify inhibitors, enablers and surprises upon reflection of the gender-responsive organisations checklist
- Develop and/or re-valuate goals for a gender equity policy/procedure/strategy
- Build confidence in using gender equity tools or processes and advocating for gender-aware planning, program and service delivery
- Undertake a gender analysis on a current policy, program or initiative within the organisation
- Develop an action plan to address the areas of improvement identified from the gender analysis
- Increase knowledge and practical experience of how to implement best practice approaches to gender equity
Embedding gender equity in the school setting
- Increase individuals’ understanding of how gender inequality persists in a school setting
- Increase understanding of the ways in which the whole-of-school approach works to prevent gender-based violence and promote gender equality
- Promote the importance of modelling equal and respectful relationships in the home and wider school community
- Consider language use and common terms related to gender-based violence, including their impact on others
- Increase capacity in responding to questions or statements related to gender-based violence in an effective, informative manner
- Intersectional lens on gender-based violence
- Increase understanding of the intersectional experiences of privilege and oppression, specifically in relation to violence
- Increase knowledge regarding gender-based violence statistics across different identities and experiences
Women's Health and Context
Sexual and reproductive health (SRH)
- Improve knowledge of modern contraception options
- Inform about choice and termination options/methods
- Increase knowledge and confidence in accessing appropriate female SRH screening, testing and services
- Increase understanding of components of healthy relationships
- Increase understanding of the link between mental health and unhealthy stereotypes of masculinity
- Highlight the important role which that men have in reaching gender equality
- Empowering men to take action on gender equity in everyday life
Primary prevention of violence against women and their children
- Violence against women and their children is a widespread problem within our community that has serious health, social and economic consequences. And it is preventable. Primary prevention seeks to prevent violence before it occurs.
- WHISE designs and facilitates tailored workshops on the primary prevention of violence against women. Within an open and safe environment, participants can expect to explore:
- The prevalence and impact of violence against women and their children, as well as on individuals, workplaces and communities
- Underlying socio-cultural factors and drivers that contribute to violence against women and their children
- The prevention spectrum for addressing violence against women: primary, secondary and tertiary
- Practical examples of what works in preventing violence against women and their children
- What you can do to contribute to the prevention of violence against women and their children
- At the completion of the workshop, organisations will receive resources and tools to support them in their work. WHISE will provide follow-up support via telephone and email, and additional intensive support can be negotiated.
Note: A variety of topics can be specifically delivered in school, community and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) settings.