Western Health acknowledges that violence in the workplace and in the community in all forms is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. A key priority for the Health Promotion team is to challenge and change attitudes, beliefs and cultures that support violence.
We believe that violence against women is best prevented by ensuring that respectful attitudes, behaviours and beliefs are shaped in the places where we live, work, learn and play.
Violence against women is a serious, prevalent and preventable epidemic that won’t be stopped by one person, one organisation or one action alone; it needs a concerted long-term, sustained effort by individuals, communities and organisations. Since 2013 under the Health Promotion Team has prioritised the prevention of violence against women as one of its Integrated Health Promotion project areas and has supported and facilitated numerous events and activities to strive for gender equity and a world that is free from violence.
The mentorship programs aim to support participants to influence their community to discourage the use of alcohol and other drugs, drive actions that advance gender equality and challenge violence-supportive attitudes, norms and practices. The mentorship programs acknowledge the important role that sporting clubs can have in: increasing female participation; broadening the opportunities for women and girls; and recognising the contributions of women and girls.
Local Women Paving the Way aims to increase conversations about women’s roles historically and currently in the City of Melton, and help us to work together to strive for a more equal, respectful and safe community for all. We acknowledge that Local Women Paving the Way is not a complete list of influential Melton women, and only highlights the tip of the iceberg of inspiring women to begin conversations and take first steps in acknowledging women’s contributions to our community.
The Local Women Paving the Way path is located in front entrance of the Melton Library and Learning Hub, 31 McKenzie Street, Melton, Victoria, Australia. The information booklet will be available at the Melton Library and Learning Hub soon.