The MATE Bystander Program is holding its Inaugural #BeSomeoneWhoDoesSomething conference, on the 28-29th November, focused on the role of bystanders in the prevention of gender-based violence.
The central theme to the conference is bystander education. As bystanders, we need to hear the stories of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and how bystanders influenced them. We must clearly understand the link between violence against women and gender inequality. We need to hear about the latest research so we can be fully informed in our practice.
We need to be inspired by people doing great work in the area of violence against women and gender equality so that we too can be empowered to influence positive change. We need to hear from prominent women about the importance of representation in media and popular culture and how bystanders can understand the impacts of this on community attitudes. We need to have conversations about sexual harassment and sexual assault in workplaces and university settings post #metoo and learn what we can all do to positively change culture. We need to listen to how gender intersects with race, sexuality, disability, religion and age, and how we can support every community on their journey to equality. The more we know, the more confidence we will have to act, and the more courage we will have to do so. Participants will be inspired and empowered as individuals, to promote the bystander as integral to positive workplace culture for organisations, large or small.
Any individual who is interested in learning about their role as a bystander, or any organisation who believes that bystander education could be useful for their people – this is a conference you cannot afford to miss. Whether you’re new to bystander empowerment in the prevention of violence, or have been practicing in this space for months, years and anything in between, this conference will have you feeling empowered with knowledge and inspired to effect meaningful change.
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