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Modelling Respect and Equality in the Yarra Ranges – creating positive social change towards gender equality and around what it means to be a man today

Application deadline extended until Sunday, 8 June.

We believe more needs to be done to promote positive change towards more gender equality and around what it means to be a man today – and we want to support boys and men to be their best selves and live happy, healthy, safe and respectful lives.

Modelling Respect and Equality (MoRE) Yarra Ranges is an innovative program for men and women, aged 18 and above, who live, work, study or play in Yarra Ranges. The program is offered by The Men’s Project and aims to build people’s skills and knowledge to help them create change in their community around issues of respect and equality, particularly among boys and men.

The program runs for three months. It involves participation in an intensive two-day training workshop followed by ongoing support as participants contribute to positive social change in their community, at work, in sports club, and among friends and family.

Participants in the first round of our MoRE training.

If you want to build your knowledge and skills and make a positive difference in your community, then this program is for you.

What is this about?

Research shows that gender inequality, and narrow, rigid gender stereotypes are bad for all of us, keeping women and men from living healthy, safe and fulfilling lives. Too often, they contribute to violence and other harmful behaviours.

More than ever, the behaviours and attitudes of Australian boys and men are called into question: driven by the #MeToo movement, unprecedented attention to family violence, and inquiries into child sexual abuse in institutions and sexual assault and harassment on university campuses.

The question is how we get boys and men to play their part in building safe, respectful and equal communities. A positive approach is needed.

We believe that role models – both male and female – in the places where boys and men live, work, and meet are crucial. We want to support role models who interact with boys and men on a regular basis so they can challenge limiting and harmful stereotypes and promote respect and equality.

It’s time we talked about the culture of masculinity we want to cultivate as a society. Join us in creating social change around what it means to be a man in the 21st century!

A unique model for change

Modelling Respect and Equality (MoRE) is an empowering, experiential journey to become an active influencer for change in your community.

The starting point is each person’s personal journey and development – their awareness of the bigger picture, and understanding of how social change unfolds.

Participants will be supported to build deeper understanding of key issues, develop greater self-awareness, learn how to model and promote positive change, recognise and challenge problematic attitudes and behaviours, and actively influence and make an impact in their community.

MoRE will help you:

  1. With a process that engages head, heart and hands
  2. Understand the powerful impact of vulnerability and emotional intelligence
  3. Unpack gender roles, norms and practices
  4. Understand and challenge harmful expressions of masculinity
  5. Learn how to recognise and respond to various forms of violence
  6. Learn and practice how to deal with resistance and tricky conversations
  7. Learn how to use your and others’ strengths to build your community
  8. Explore opportunities for dialogue and activities to engage boys and men

Cost

MoRE in the Yarra Ranges is funded by Yarra Ranges Council and free of cost for you. You give your time, passion and creativity. We will cover the rest.

How it works

Participants attend a two day intensive workshop – focused on personal reflection and growth, building awareness and understanding of the issues, developing skills to model and drive change within your own work, team and community.

This is followed by ongoing, active support for participants to identify and action opportunities and activities in their daily lives, supported through online and offline peer support. The program wraps up with a follow-up workshop that celebrates achievements, aims to solve problems and consolidates learnings.

Yarra Ranges Council are committed to providing ongoing support to program participants where there is interest, such as through linking participants to groups or organisations, supporting community actions and initiatives through grants or providing advice.

Dates

The program will run from June to September 2019. The intensive training will be held on Sunday, 16th and Monday, 17 June.

Subsequent supported project work and final session in September 2019.

How do I get involved?

This program is for men and women, aged 18 years and above who live, work, study, or play in the Yarra Ranges.

If you are interested in participating in this exclusive opportunity, head to www.trybooking.com/BCPFK and fill in the Expression of Interest form by Sunday 8 June. Don’t miss out – only limited places available.

If you have any questions, contact michael.fendel@jss.org.au or call The Men’s Project on 03 9421 7627.

Who runs this?

For over 40 years, Jesuit Social Services has worked with people on the margins of society, working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential.

Drawing from this experience, The Men’s Project has been established to provide leadership on the reduction of violence and other harmful behaviours prevalent among boys and men, and build new approaches to improve their wellbeing and keep families and communities safe.

The Men’s Project supports boys and men to live respectful, accountable and fulfilling lives, where they are able to develop good relationships free from violence and where they play their role in making the community safe. In short, The Men’s Project supports boys and men to be their best selves.

Established in 2009, NIRODAH is recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced and innovative companies in the violence prevention field, delivering evidence based and engaging respectful relationship education to students, teachers and coaches, with empathy, compassion and kindness being at the core of all their popular programs.

MoRE in the Yarra Ranges is funded by Yarra Ranges Council.

Download your copy of the Modelling Respect and Equality in the Yarra Ranges brochure