6th of March, 2020


DPV Health is proud to be working with Cinespace in supporting young people share their stories, experiences and views about gender on screen.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, sign up now to express your interest! We will contact you once dates have been finalised for June school holidays. 

The free YOUR STORY. YOUR LENS smartphone film-making workshops will be held within the cities of Hume and Whittlesea and are open to anyone who works, lives or plays in the region.

Cinespace – an organisation dedicated to increasing cultural diversity across all screens – will be running the workshops over two full-days with three additional afternoon editing sessions.

Designed for people between the ages of 16 – 24, YOUR STORY. YOUR LENS will introduce participants to film-making skills such as writing, producing, directing, filming, lighting, sound and editing.

Staff from DPV Health will also be in attendance to talk about gender, gender stereotypes and how they can drive violence against women.

Photo by Designecologist from Pexels

DPV Health CEO Don Tidbury commended the YOUR STORY. YOUR LENS program. “I applaud the innovation of using short film as a platform to spark discussion around gender equality” he said. “Many young people have access to a smartphone, so it will be exciting to see the everyday mobile phone being used to produce personal stories and experiences focusing on gender equality.”

The Hume and Whittlesea municipalities have the highest and the second highest rates of reported family violence in the North West Metropolitan area. An identified factor driving this violence against women and children is gender inequality and the acceptance of negative gender stereotypes. Compounding the issue is a recent survey* reporting young people believed violence was enacted by men and women equally. This perception does not support the reality that 95% of all victims of violence in Australia report a male perpetrator.

For more information about YOUR STORY. YOUR LENS, please contact Whitney Exposto, Health Promotion Officer, Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW) on 8401 2746 or populationhealth@dpvhealth.org.au

YOUR STORY. YOUR LENS is an initiative of DPV Health, Youth Services Department from the City of Hume and Baseline Youth Services from the City of Whittlesea, Banksia Gardens and Cinespace Inc.

*(ANROWS – Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, 2020)

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