PiP Network Meeting Notes, 10 June 2015

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At this meeting PiP launched the new Gender Equity Digital Stories video series to raise young peoples awareness of, and initiate discussions around gender equity, and welcomed Luke Ablett, Gender Equity in Sport Project Officer from Maribyrnong Council to present on the Maribyrnong’s gender equity in sport project.

Luke presented on ‘She’s Game: Everybody Wins in Sport’ Maribyrnong City Council project and was joined by Emma Wilkinson, Gender Equity Coordinator at Maribyrnong Council.

  • Emma and Luke provided a background of Maribyrnong City Council’s involvement and commitment to gender equity and the primary prevention of violence against women. Maribyrnong Council first started in the PVAW area in 2008 under VicHealth’  Respect, Responsibility and Equality Program, taking an integrated approach by strengthening activity within Council and raising awareness of the issue within the general community. PVAW portfolio has now been fully funded for the next three years for a full time Gender Equity Coordinator.
  • Funding for the ‘She’s Game’ project was received from Medicare Local for a 6-month short-term project running from February to July 2015.
  • She’s Game is a violence prevention program that seeks to increase female participation and gender equity within local sporting clubs
  • Three main areas to the project:
    • Part 1: Face to face contact. Gender Equity in Sport (benefits, barriers and actions), Governance, Long term/strategic planning. Have developed a three-part program for five clubs. All three seminars will have increasing female participation and gender equity as a core focus.
    • Part 2: Website and other materials. Creating a website dedicated to female participation with its own logo, female sporting teams, creating a women in sport video, Why women play sport, What challenges/discrimination they face in sport, What clubs can do to assist, A number of other resources for clubs, developing guides for increasing women’s participation, making links to other education programs.
    • Part 3: Policy Updates. Working with Council’s Leisure Service team to ensure the prioritisation of female participation, looking at fees and charges policy, allocation policy, capital works agreements, conditions of use, plaques on all pavilions. Council will support the development of clubs that are more gender inclusive.
  • Developing an audit tool looking at how women and men use and experience sporting ground space. The audit tool is looking at capturing the wider community, surveying those in the community who do not use the space to see how to get them involved.
  • Clubs involved include cricket, soccer, AFL, and others. These clubs were eager to engage and that is why they were picked in order to meet the project timelines. Luke identified this a missing the first stage of convincing clubs that gender equity is important.
  • The project will be evaluated through short, medium and long term indicators, such as how the program is received by the club, have they found practical actions to implement, and whether the model is sustained past past Luke’s project term.

Q: VicHealth sport participation program, ‘women’s participation in sport’ found that the issue of PVAW was not discussed for a long time.

A: Luke stated that sporting clubs do not want to talk about violence against women but will discuss violence against other men. Addressing VAW has not been seen as their role and is still seen as a private issue.

Q: What about feeding more resources into sports that women play, such as netball?

A: Luke stated that the results of the community survey will influence how sporting clubs allocate resources and their strategic priorities. Luke and Emma discussed the difference between women and men in sports, as in women do a great deal of exercise however it isn’t in sporting clubs. This may be walking, bike riding, etc. There is a need to also focus on the women’s sports in other ways, outside of sports clubs. Maribyrnong Council have started up community walks and bike riding groups. Luke stated it is important to not create a women’s team in clubs for the sake of it. Sports such as football require a great deal of commitment and women may not wish to commit to several hours per week during sporting season to a club. There is a need to look at what sports can be done in other ways.  For example, parents (largely mothers) sitting in cars waiting to pick up kids from training represents an opportunity for that club to engage mothers in physical activity.

Q: Need to recognise different body shapes and sizes in sports, how is the project approaching this issue? (Reference to This Girl Can UK video)

A: Evidence suggests that drawing attention to weight loss doesn’t help to engage women in sport. The project looks at sport as a social element.

Q: Women like to dance, have you thought about programs such as these?

A: Emma Wilkinson stated that the Council are currently looking into cultural dance opportunities that reflect the demographic of the municipality.

PiPs Coordinator presented the Gender Equity Digital Stories videos, a set of three multimedia resources to support professionals to deliver the Respectful Relationships Education: Stepping Out against Gender-Based Violence to year 8 and 9 secondary school students. The project was funded by VicHealth and resourced by DVRCV. The video features students from Thornbury High School and Monash Youth Services discussing the gendered nature of activities that young people take part in such as the internet, sport, socialising and dating. The video’s were produced by Sarah Jane Woulahan, an experienced documentary director. The questions put to students were developed with a group of professionals involved in RRE and the youth workers that worked with the students.

Special acknowledgement was made to Bill Kendall, Team Leader, Youth Services Monash Youth Services, Amy Jess, Social Worker, Thornbury High School and Leah Sumich Youth Programs Officer, Darebin Youth Services for their work organising and facilitating the sessions.

A personal thank you was made to Kiri Bear from VicHealth and Emily Maguire, formerly of Our Watch for their support and feedback throughout the project.

The video’s can be found under Multimedia on the PiP website, under the heading ‘PiP Productions‘. The three video’s are titled:

  • Fairy Tales to reality TV: How girls and guys are portrayed in movies and TV
  • Getting ‘likes’: The pressures of social networking on guys and girls
  • Legends, sluts, players and prudes: Gender double standards

Q: What ages are the video’s designed for and how can they be used:

A: The videos are designed to support teachers and professionals to implement the RRE: Stepping Out against Gender-Based Violence curriculum. This is for secondary school students in year 8 and 9. The resource will be forwarded to the Our Watch Respectful Relationships Education in School (RREiS) Project regional coordinators to test in their participating schools.

The group fed back that it would be helpful to have a one page explanation detailing how videos can support the delivery of the curriculum, and when, where and how to use them. The group also discussed promotion of the resource, and to think about how to promote the video’s from here.

Prevention Coordinator encouraged the networks feedback on any gaps in current RRE resources so that PiP can better support members practice.

The next PiP meeting is scheduled for the 12 August 2015 from 2pm to 4:30pm. There will be an evaluation workshop in that morning from 10am-1pm delivered by Associate Professor Sue Dyson. For those wishing to attend this session please email the Prevention Coordinator as places will fill up quickly.

Acknowledgement of country

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