WOMEN’S Health Grampians (WHG) had great pleasure in donating the $750 raised at their leading change luncheon. 150 Businesses and community leaders from the Central Highlands region recently attended a “Leading Change Luncheon” at Sovereign Hill to promote awareness and talk about the actions required to address violence against women. The luncheon was coordinated by WHG with the support of local partners Leadership Ballarat and Western Region, Commerce Ballarat and the Australian Industry Group. It was an opportunity to learn more about the underlying causes of violence against women and what leaders need to do to create safe and equitable communities and workplaces.
“As the incidence of violence against women continues to increase in our region, we all need to consider what role we can play. We work closely with organisations to deliver a program which promotes a safer and respectful work environment. Businesses such as the Ballarat Courier and Ballarat Community Health have noted considerable improvement in gender equity and workplace harmony since engaging Act@Work. We want more businesses in the region to take responsibility in this area. We will continue to support and promote our partners that participate in Act@Work as proactive leaders in our community” said Michelle Hunt, Act@Work Project Manager at Women’s Health Grampians. The money raised at the event will also go to helping those women and children whose lives have been affected by family violence. Elizabeth Jewson, Executive Officer from WRISC Family Violence Support says “we believe that everyone has the right to be safe. The donation of $750 will be used to support our programs that assist many women and children who are victims of family violence in the Ballarat region.”