Working Together with Men

May 2020

Working Together with Men: How to create male allies for gender equity in your community

A resource is for people interested in creating projects that work with men to prevent violence against women in their communities.

This is a grassroots, community mobilisation approach that has been piloted across the west of Melbourne since 2016. We used what we learnt from these pilots to create a project model that can be reproduced anywhere.

This resource can be used as a step-by-step guide for creating your own Working Together with Men project, or to inspire and support projects you may already be running or creating.

Other locations: This guide is also available on APO

RMIT has committed to continue the innovation legacy of HealthWest Partnerships by applying the Working Together with Men model across both its Vocational and Higher Education campuses and colleges. RMIT has created the Gender Equity & Justice – Community, Teaching & Learning Project which commenced in February of this year (2022) and will run until December 2023. It will apply a version of the Working Together with Men approach to support identifying male students and staff to begin their journey in allyship, as well as actively target male dominated areas of learning to increase knowledge and skills to end industry gender-based violence. If you would like to know more, please contact the Learning & Development Manager – Gender Justice & Men, Shelley Hewson-Munro on

More info: Working Together with Men, Project Momentum

The Working Together with Men approach was first trialled by HealthWest Partnership with community partners in the City of Brimbank in Melbourne’s west during 2016 and 2017.

This gathered men at the grassroots and supported them to co-develop and implement small primary prevention strategies (projects) with other men. This first group of men and their attempts became known as The Men of Brimbank.

In 2018 HealthWest Partnership and Victoria University partnered together and were successful in receiving a grant under the Victorian Government’s Free from Violence Fund. This resulted in Project Momentum.

This grant funded a second Working Together with Men project, based on Victoria University campuses located across the west of Melbourne. The aim was to engage identifying men (university students and staff) aged 18 to 30, and attempt not only to scale up the approach, but to create a model and a movement that could be replicated in any setting.

These two iterations of the Working Together with Men project model have informed the development of this resource.