Monash Progress Report 2022 – Goal 5
Monash University Progress Report 2022 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
2022 Publications Performance View
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 271
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 1.64
3 Year Rolling Mean FWCI of Monash Outputs: 1.77
ARC Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence Against Women View
In November 2022 Monash University was awarded $34.9 million by the Australian Research Council (ARC) to lead the new ARC Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
The funding will support seven years of research to understand the problem of violence against women and address the structural drivers that cause and compound it. Based in the Faculty of Arts, the Centre will pioneer evidence-based approaches to improve policy and practice. The empowerment of Indigenous ethics and leadership of research will be used to investigate how violence is shaped by dominant beliefs and institutions in communities where colonial, racialised and gender hierarchies apply.
The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre View
The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre is at the forefront of research and education aimed at preventing family violence. Based in the Faculty of Arts, the centre contributes to transformative social change aimed at ending family violence by providing an evidence base for policy change that better supports and protects those experiencing family violence and addresses the cultural and economic drivers that underpin it.
The Centre hosted regular events throughout 2022 as part of its Seminar Series, and provided submissions and gave evidence to governments relating to the Independent Commission of Inquiry into Queensland Police Service responses to domestic and family violence, as well as the Queensland Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce.
Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre View
The Monash Gender, Peace and Security (GPS) Centre's vision is to build gender-inclusive research evidence to deliver peace and security globally. Research informs scholarly debate, policy development and implementation, and public understanding about the gendered nature of insecurity and the search for peace. In addition to research and community engagement, Monash GPS academics engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching, executive education and PhD supervision.
In 2022 GPS released its final reports for Gender Analysis of Violent Extremism and the Impact of COVID-19 on Peace and Security in ASEAN, commissioned by UN Women, and A Global Review of the Development of Military Gender Advisor Capabilities, examining the effectiveness of military gender advisor capabilities around the world.
Legal Tech for Justice View
This Faculty of Law project aims to improve understanding of how remote technologies can be used to enhance access to justice for victim-survivors of family violence. Research findings will inform the development of a collaborative and technologically enabled network of facilities focused on innovation in access to justice initiatives, with a view to improving legal practice throughout Victoria, including for rural, regional and remote communities.
Legal Tech for Justice is funded by a 2021 grant from VHESIF and is funding the Safe and Equal @ Work program led by the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre.
Her Research Matters View
Her Research Matters (HRM) is a grass-roots driven collective established to promote, sponsor and foster an inclusive, equitable leadership environment to enable women in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences to reach their full potential. HRM is distinctively outcome-focused, seeking to leverage collective networks, skills and voices to raise the international profile of leading women in the faculty and celebrate their successes.
Unit Statistics and Highlights View
In 2022, 99 units directly related to SDG5 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 6,553 individual students.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to gender equality:
Contemporary Feminisms in Asia View
Hosted by Malaysia University Malaysia’s School of Arts and Social Sciences, unit AMU3560 Contemporary Feminisms in Asia explores feminist knowledges and practices in Asia. The unit considers how historically ‘western-centred’ feminisms resonate with lived realities in Asia. Feminisms have relevance when it potentially questions assumptions or biases, reviews existing practices - particularly those that lead to gender-based discrimination and violence - opens up possibilities for providing solutions to a particular problem or redress to a social injustice or spaces of negotiation to a controversy or impasse.
Water for Women View
Water for Women supports organisations to implement gender and socially inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects in South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
A collaboration between Faculty of Law and Art, Design and Architecture researchers, the project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Water for Women Fund.
In 2022 the project released a toolkit and policy brief designed for practitioners, policy makers, donors and government officials in the WASH space to design and deliver more inclusive and fairer water and sanitation projects and services in urban informal settlements.
Saudi School Theatre Project View
The Saudi School Theatre project in the Faculty of Education studies the development of school theatrical performance across the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Culture, the School Theatre project will prepare 120 of Saudi Arabian school teachers with sufficient knowledge and professional skills to create, and nurture a local culture of school theatre in the Kingdom. This project represents the first time that teachers in Saudi Arabia have been offered professional training in theatrical performance. The project also involves a collaboration with a leading British touring theatre company peepolykus, and Saudi artists, theatre practitioners, and playwrights.
TramLab Toolkits View
The TramLab Toolkits provide a framework and practical steps to support public transport service providers to improve women and girls’ safe access to public transport safe space using intersectional, gender-sensitive design. They were developed through a collaboration between XYX Lab at Monash Art, Design and Architecture, La Trobe University and RMIT, with funding by the Victorian Government.
The TramLab Toolkits won Best in Category for Design Strategy at the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards at the start of 2023.
A Foundation for Collaboration on Gender Equality: Japanese - Aus Connections View
This project, sitting with the Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, Department of Criminology and Department of Japanese Studies in the Faculty of Arts, aims to invite 12 Korean and Japanese collaborators from academic and non-governmental organisations to Australia. The activity is part of a larger partnership project aimed at building a foundation of exchange and collaboration between Korea, Japan, and Australia through the development of a collaborative research network on gender and migration.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework 2022-2030 View
The new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Framework 2022-2030 is the centrepiece of Monash’s strategic governance on equity, diversity and inclusion, aimed at advancing the ‘Inclusive’ goal of Monash’s strategic plan, Impact 2030.
Plans to enable, monitor and evaluate goals in the Framework will be developed and embedded with tangible, pragmatic actions that create accountabilities across all facets of the University and timeframes for completion. There will also be methods for assessing the impact of these actions, overseen by the EDI Committee, so that proceeding plans can be adapted to ensure maximum change is achieved.
Gender Equality Action Plan View
Monash launched its four-year Gender Equality Action Plan in 2022. The Action Plan was the outcome of extensive research and consultation, including a wide-ranging gender audit of Monash workplaces.
The Gender Equality Action Plan outlines measurable actions across seven priority areas:
- Career progression
- Promotion and development
- Gender composition at all levels of our workforce
- Gendered work segregation
- Workplace support, leave and work flexibility
- Workplace culture, leadership and diversity
- Gender pay equity.
Respect at Monash View
In 2022, Monash developed and launched the National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) Action Plan 2022-2023, which drives the University’s evidence-based actions in preventing sexual harm and gender-based violence. This document was developed after extensive consultations with the Monash community following the release of the NSSS national survey results in March 2022. Work commenced in September 2022 and by the end of 2022 13 action items across the four priority areas were complete and 56 were underway.