Community Services students to raise awareness of gender-based violence with on-campus project

Community Services students to raise awareness of gender-based violence with on-campus project

By Susan Burdett
10 Sep 2018
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community services fundraiser

Students who are completing the Certificate IV in Community Services at Wodonga TAFE are presenting a project to benefit the community and generate discussion about intimate partner violence, on campus this Wednesday 12 September 2018. 

The students have focused their project on the current ‘Reflect Respect Campaign’ developed by Wodonga Council and the Wodonga Family Violence Task Force that aims to get people thinking about the small things they say and do and how that contributes to gender stereotypes and gender inequality. The students will be running an informative and interactive day for students and staff at Wodonga TAFE, to raise awareness for the primary prevention of intimate partner violence in the Wodonga community. 

The student-led event will feature talks and activities in classes during the morning, promotions on display in the cafeteria, games and a lunchtime barbeque for all, and information stands from local service providers. The students have so far gained more than $2000 sponsorship from businesses across the region, and are fundraising for the Centre Against Violence which is a community-based not for profit organisation in West Wodonga. 

Community Services teacher at Wodonga TAFE, Ms Cathy Prior, said the students were very keen to raise greater awareness about intimate partner violence. “Throughout their community services course, our students are developing the skills to take into future employment where they will be able to provide support and advocacy within their community, most often to people who experience disadvantage.” 

“The ‘Reflect Respect Campaign’ initiative delivers a contemporary message about an issue that impacts broadly across society. The students are taking this opportunity to raise awareness of the prevalence of family and domestic violence and to create an opportunity where staff and students can take part in a conversation about gender-based violence”, said Ms Prior. 

Further information about the ‘Reflect Respect Campaign’ is available online via http://reflectrespect.com.au/