Ending violence against women and gender inequality is no small task and taking it on can be daunting. Did you know that there are small, practical steps that we can all start with?
There are things you can be doing each day in your home, your workplace and your community spaces to combat and end gender inequality, which creates a social context in which violence against women can occur. This month we’re sharing some ideas on ways that you can encourage equality between genders right inside your home:
- Take a look at your bookshelf, particularly if you have children, and see how many books conform to stereotypical gender roles. If all of your books feature male characters as a lead character, think about seeking out some new ones that highlight a female, transgender or gender neutral character as the lead.
- Do you ask your kids to do chores around the house? If so, encourage them to do tasks that do not conform to stereotypical gender roles.
- Think about the discussions that you have around the dinner table and whether there are ways you can encourage non-conforming gender roles within those conversations.
- Don’t have kids? We encourage you to think about what reading material, conversations and activities that you were exposed to in your home growing up and how this might have influenced your view of gender and gender roles.
If you’d like to read more about steps we can all take to promote gender equality and ways to combat violence against women, we recommend checking out OurWATCh: https://www.ourwatch.org.au/