New guide identifies how to engage men in violence prevention and gender equality

Monday, March 01, 2021

Online launch of a new resource: Engaging Men - Reducing Resistance and Building Support

New guide identifies how to reduce backlash and build support in engaging men in violence prevention and gender equality work.

Efforts to prevent gender based violence and build gender equality in Australia are often met with resistance. Some people push back, responding with criticism and hostility to education, training or to community campaigns. A new guide provides practical strategies for practitioners, advocates, and educators in reducing resistance and building support.


Workplace Engaging Men


The guide is a collaboration between Eastern Health, the Eastern Domestic Violence Service (EDVOS), and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

The guide identifies tools and tips at four levels:

  1. Working strategically to build support
  2. Planning an event, training, or initiative
  3. Running an event
  4. Taking care of ourselves and others

This guide builds on earlier work examining resistance and backlash, extending this by providing a very practical account of how practitioners and advocates can reduce and prevent resistance in our work.

Join us on 24th March at 1pm-2pm (AEDT) to celebrate the launch of the guide and to hear from experts working in this field including:

  • Associate Professor Michael Flood, Queensland University of Technology
  • Josette and Benjamin, Health Promotion Practitioners, Eastern Health
  • Paul Zappa, General Manager Primary Prevention and Community Programs, Jesuit Social Services
  • Sarah Hewitt, Senior Policy Advisor, Our Watch

There will also be a panel discussion where audience members are invited to ask questions about engaging men in violence prevention and gender equity work.

Sign up for the online event.