Gender Equality Network - Workplace approaches to preventing domestic violence

Date: Thursday 20 Jun 2019
Time: 3:00pm to 5:00pm 

KPMG, Tower Two, Collins Square, Level 36, 727 Collins Street, Docklands

Bookings close: 18 Jun 2019

At this Gender Equality Network, we will look at how workplaces can respond to and help prevent domestic violence.

One in four women have experienced violence at the hands of a current or former partner, and most women who experience violence are in the paid workforce. Workplaces, not just individuals, have the opportunity to take an active role in addressing the drivers of violence against women and supporting women who are affected.

At DCA’s next Gender Equality Network, we will hear from Patty Kinnersly, Chief Executive Officer, Our Watch, about her organisation’s work to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.

Patty will talk about how increasing gender equality in all elements of everyday life, but especially workplaces where many adults spend a large portion of their time, can help reduce domestic violence. She will outline:

  • What role workplaces can play
  • How to promote gender equality and respect, and reject sexist and discriminatory cultures
  • How to support staff who experience violence
  • What we can all do as individuals to help reduce domestic violence.

DCA’s CEO, Lisa Annese, will moderate a panel conversation with Patty alongside experts in the field and employers who are taking action including:

  • Ryan Burke, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Commonwealth Bank
  • Fiona Ellis, Director of Student Wellbeing and Inclusion, and lead of RMIT’s Change the Course initiatives, and
  • Lisa McAdams, Founder and Director of Safe Space Workplace.

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Gender Equality Network

The Gender Equality Network, proudly sponsored by KPMG, is free and open exclusively to DCA members and is designed to explore leading practice on gender equality and to assist members in their preparations to meet reporting requirements on gender.

Who should attend

All DCA members. As a part of our commitment to gender balance at DCA events, we particularly encourage male representatives to attend this event alongside their female and gender diverse colleagues. We also recommend encouraging those in senior leadership roles to attend this particular event. Attendance at DCA events is free for all member employees and a significant benefit of membership that we urge you to maximise.


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