The local community has stepped up and joined with the Andrews Labor Government to fight for gender inequality within our community.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP recently hosted a community forum on gender equality with the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson MP.

The Royal Commission into Family Violence found that violence against women begins with bad attitudes towards women.

The Minister met with representations from local community organizations and service providers and asked them to speak up on how to improve gender equality within our community.

A number of issues were raised including:

  • appropriate age to engage with children on gender equality
  • inappropriate use of language by male students towards their female peers
  • need to support men to become more active parents
  • need to empower women by exploring flexible employment options
  • provide flexible, cost-effective, quality childcare
  • address the shortage of affordable housing available to victims of family housing

For more information about the Andrews Labor Government’s Gender Equality Strategy please contact or call (03) 9637 3344.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley

“We know that the fight for equality is far from over and that far too many women are paid less than their male counterparts, do far more unpaid work and receive much less superannuation,”

“We see an appalling number of family violence incidents in our local community and sadly it is nearly always women who are the victims, it is up to us to work together to prevent these despicable acts.”

“It is time we changed the entrenched attitudes and beliefs about women and their roles within our society to end the inequality and the disgusting acts of violence,”

“I was just so pleased to join with so many from the local community who are willing to join our fight for gender equality.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Women and Prevention of Family Violence, Hon Fiona Richardson MP

“I want to hear from community organisations about their bold and innovative ideas on gender equality,”

“We need community engagement to change cultural attitudes towards women and delivering quality outcomes,”

“Gender Equality is not negotiable, and improves the lives of women and men, and the Victorian economy.”

Quote attributable to Ms Revati Ilanko, Executive Officer, Federation of Indian-origin Multifaith Organisations

“Thank you to Judith Graley for inviting me to this forum and providing a platform to share my insight on this pressing issue.”

“Dialogue across all sectors of the community is crucial in identifying gaps in services and empowering individuals to act and talk about issues pertaining to gender equality and its advancement.”

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