Project Momentum

Project Momentum – engaging men to become allies for equity and change

HealthWest Partnership and Victoria University (VU) are working together on a project to engage students and staff who identify as male aged 18-30 years in prevention of violence against women.

Upcoming Opportunities

Coming in July

Project Background

HealthWest Partnership and Victoria University (VU) are working together on a project to engage students and staff who identify as male aged 18-30 years.

Project Momentum provides men with the opportunity to develop and implement prevention projects alongside of the newly formed VU female accountability panel, to actively respond to violence against women.

Project Momentum is following in the successful footsteps of the Working Together with Men (WTWM) project model, which saw the creation of the Men of Brimbank.

The evidence underpinning the WTWM project model and community mobilisation strategies with men is strong, but further evidence of the efficacy of the model in differing settings, particularly among young and young CALD men is required.

This work is at the forefront of engaging men in the prevention of violence against women and is bravely and boldly aiming to support men to become allies for equity and change.

Project Progress

20 May

Monday 20 May was an exciting milestone in the life of Project Momentum. After completing their intensive training sessions, the Senior Male Allies presented their project ideas to the Women’s Accountability Panel and project partners. Each idea is attempting to apply key action areas from the Change The Story National Framework, as well as strengthening links and opportunities to engage other men and boys in the planning and implementation of the projects and ultimately end violence against women.

The men are integrating the feedback from the Accountability Panel into their plans and beginning the community consultation and engagement phase of their projects. The projects are attempting to tackle violence against women at multiple levels, from community events, proposing curriculum changes to undergraduate degrees, creation of a children’s book, drumming workshops and supporting women to gain their AFL umpire qualification.

1 May

Project Momentum has successfully recruited 5 men to join the project to engage other men across Victoria University campuses in grassroots mobilisation efforts to prevent violence against women. Training for participants begins this month and includes workshops that explore gender, masculinity, current statistics and prevalence of violence against women, as well as skills workshops on project management.

Project Momentum has also successfully recruited 10 female students to The Women’s Accountability Panel, which will support the men as they navigate the complexity of attempting social change and make sure women’s experiences and voices are woven into all projects and approaches.

Contact

Shelley Hewson, Working Together with Men – Momentum Project Manager
9248 9656 or shelley.hewson@healthwest.org.au