11th of March, 2020

DPV Health marked International Women’s Day (IWD) last week with a company lunch attended by special guest speaker, Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny.

Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny (centre) with Roxanne Strauss, General Manager – People, Culture & Transformation and DPV Health CEO Don Tidbury

At DPV Health, we are continually working towards empowering our community members to role model the importance of gender equality, and equal and respectful relationships. This is essential to enable women to live free from all forms of violence.

Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny helped us celebrate the day (which falls on 8 March each year) by speaking about some of the issues currently facing women in our community. She also highlighted the importance of local organisations working together to raise awareness of violence against women, and uniting to ensure we all work towards gender equity to end gender-based violence.

Unfortunately, the cities of Hume and Whittlesea 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.

In response, DPV Health is continuing to work in addressing this unacceptable situation. The Your Story, Your Lens smartphone film-making project is working with youth in Whittlesea and Hume to explore their experiences of gender through short stories and film; we are also supporting the implementation of Respectful Relationships within school settings and are heavily promoting and encouraging women’s participation in sport.

In July, we will kick off an internal project to align our workforce to the Our Watch Gender Equity Standards. This will support our vision for DPV Health to be regarded as active champions of gender equity in the Northern suburbs.

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