About the Pledge
Violence against women is unacceptable. Unfortunately, in Brimbank, violence against women is an alarming problem with increasing reports of family violence. It’s up to us to work together with our community to create respectful relationships with all women and to be role models in Brimbank to reduce violence against women.
That’s why a group of people have come together to work on ways to address violence against women in Brimbank. It’s vital we create a safe community for all people and recognise the personal and social harm caused by violence against women. A powerful way to address violence against women is to shine a light on it, raise awareness about its many forms and discuss it openly in our community.
The Men of Brimbank Pledge about Preventing Violence Against Women has been created to raise awareness about and to address violence against women in Brimbank and to help create more respectful relationships. This project is part of the Men of Brimbank Group run through HealthWest Partnership and has been developed and designed by men and women living and working in Brimbank.
You can download the Brimbank Pledge flyer here.
What can you do?
Signing the pledge is an important step in acknowledging the harm that violence against women causes in Brimbank and recognising that it is up to all of us to reduce violence against women.
- We live in a society in which words are often used to put women down – words are very powerful, especially when spoken by people with power over others.
- Be aware of sexual stereotypes and how they influence attitudes and behaviours.
- Talk with women about how violence against women and fear of violence against women affects their daily lives
- Talk with men about how violence touches their lives and what we can do to stop it
- Don’t remain silent – speak out against sexism and violence and be a role model
Take The Pledge
As a Brimbank resident I accept I have a role to play in reducing violence against women. It is my responsibility to work hard every day for change and gender equality; and to continually work to recognise and transform harmful attitudes that support sexist and violent beliefs and behaviours in myself and others.
I hereby pledge to speak out against sexism and men’s violence against women, to work with other men and women to create respectful relationships with all women, and to be a role model for other men in Brimbank.
Want to do more?
If you’re looking for ways to raise awareness about the harm and impact of violence against women, you can use the Brimbank Pledge to speak with your local community group or group of friends or your family.
It’s another tool to help raise awareness and encourage men (and women) to stand up, speak out and act on preventing violence against women.
Download the Brimbank Pledge flyer.
If you want to do even more to reduce violence against women then join the Men of Brimbank group. We meet on a regular basis to discuss how we can raise awareness about and address violence against women. The group receives training and opportunities to help take a stand and be proactive in our community to work with others to reduce violence against women.