International Women's Day
Stand Up and Speak Out! Mobilising a community of active, ethical bystanders.
Join us for a discussion on how bystander intervention can help address sexual harassment and violence against women, in honour of International Women’s Day. The theme of our event is: Stand Up and Speak Out! Mobilising a community of active, ethical bystanders.
The session will include
• Keynote from guest speaker Jane Gilmore
• Panel discussion with UTS experts
• Lunch provided
Jane Gilmore is the journalist and feminist behind the FixedIt project, correcting media reports of male violence against women.
Victim blaming headlines are pervasive in the media, reinforcing myths that blame women and children for violence inflicted on them, while subtly exonerating the men who commit these crimes.
Sexist attitudes towards girls and women, beginning early in life, are connected with sexual harassment, sexual assault and violence against women. Jane will talk about how media framing, which has consistently sent the message that women are responsible for their safety from men who choose to commit violence, affects social attitudes – and what we can do about it.
How does a university community respond to this challenge?
Bystander intervention is understood as an important part of primary prevention as well as culture change. Following Jane’s talk a panel of UTS experts will discuss this theme. We will explore the role institutions can play in creating an environment that supports bystander intervention.
Our keynote speaker is Jane Gilmore, journalist and creator of the #FixedIt project.
A freelance journalist and a regular columnist for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. She writes about men’s violence against women and children. Jane is currently working on a book based on the #FixedIt project, due out in August 2019.
Director of the UTS Equity & Diversity Unit within the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion. She is well-versed in both the practice and research of bystander intervention - including co-delivering the UTS Sex and Ethics program as well as researching effective bystander programs through her Masters in Education studies.
The mastermind behind UTS’s Respect.Now.Always program to reduce unwanted sexual behaviour and encourage healthy relationships, along with its engagement initiative, ‘Wanna Spoon? Ask First!’
Verity Firth, facilitator
Executive Director, Social Justice at the UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion. She has served as NSW Minister for Women (2007-2009), Minister for Education and Training in New South Wales (2008-2011) and was Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation (2011-2014).