Monash Progress Report 2021 – Goal 5
Monash University Progress Report 2021 on the Sustainable Development Goals
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
XYX Lab View
Monash Art Design and Architecture's XYX Lab is a team of experienced design researchers exploring gender-sensitive design practices and theory. Operating at the intersection of gender, identity, urban space and advocacy, researchers come together with planners, policy makers, local government and stakeholders to make tangible the experiences of underrepresented communities in urban space and planning.
In 2021 Routledge published Contentious Cities: Design and the Gendered Production of Space edited by researchers from the XYX Lab. The book positions design as a central component in how cities produce, construct, represent and materialise gendered spatial practices, it brings together practice and theory to critique, question and enable solutions that challenge the root causes of gender inequalities in cities. Through a rich array of case-studies, practice-led interventions, and historical and theoretical perspectives, it examines important issues that affect the ways in which women, and people of diverse gender and sexual identities experience and participate in cities.
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. The centre is contributing 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.
In 2021 Monash University was awarded $8.67 million from the Victorian Government for critical research, the creation of workforce pathways and better legal support for family violence victim-survivors. The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre is leading the program and funding will create 24 Graduate Certificate of Family Violence Prevention scholarships for people with lived experience, PhD and post doctoral research scholarships, and research associate and professional roles.
Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre View
Monash Gender, Peace & Security Centre's vision is to build globally-recognised, 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 with international, government and industry partners, community-engagement with civil society, and academic publications, Monash GPS academics engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching, executive education and PhD supervision.
In 2021, research on misogyny and violent extremism during COVID-19 was commissioned by ASEAN’s Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime, and was disseminated at speaking invitations to major international policy meetings.
2021 Publications Performance View
Mean Field Weighted Citation Impact of Monash Outputs: 1.94
Number of Monash Research Outputs: 274
Unit statistics and highlights View
In 2021, 104 units directly related to SDG5 were offered across Monash University, with a total enrolment of 6,082 students. Monash offered 24 units specifically related to gender studies in 2021.
The units highlighted below are a small sample of the units at Monash relating to gender equality:
Tracking Access: Gender Equity View
Female students outnumber males in both applications and enrolments at Monash University.
Tracking Success: Gender Equity View
Female students outperform males in both completions and completion rates at Monash University.
Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security View
The Graduate Certificate of Gender, Peace and Security enables leaders to better integrate gender perspectives into peace and security policy making at all levels – local, national, regional and global. This program equips students with the requisite gender-sensitive, gender responsive and gender-inclusive knowledge and tools in order to significantly contribute to the development of equitable, inclusive and peaceful societies.
Graduate Certificate & Diploma in Family Violence Prevention View
The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Family Violence Prevention deliver specialised expertise in the area of family violence prevention, transferable across a wide range of professions and occupations. These programs aim to develop skills for professionals to respond critically to the current and future needs of their industry, and who are effective, lifelong learners who can realise and capitalise on opportunities afforded by emerging research and prevention initiatives relating to family violence work.
Championing women and girls in IT View
The underrepresentation of women in IT and computer science education and careers is a major challenge worldwide. Despite decades of efforts to tackle this issue, progress has remained extremely slow – and in some cases, it has regressed. Monash has completed a research project to determine best practices in education settings to ensure women and girls feel included and supported in the STEM sector.
A high-level summary on representation, critical issues and best practice initiatives and strategies was published in 2021, together with a full research report.
Gender & Disaster Australia View
Gender & Disaster Australia (GADA) promotes an understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to natural disaster, and to embed these insights into emergency management practice. The initiative of two Victorian Women’s Health organisations, Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) and Women’s Health In the North (WHIN), it has worked in partnership with the Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative (MUDRI) for more than a decade.
GADA delivered the Gender Justice in Disaster Inspiring Action Conference in 2021, focused on bringing a gender lens to critical issues of contemporary emergency. GADA offers education and training resources which include two comprehensive training packages and a Train-the-Trainer package. These materials provide practical strategies to incorporate gender considerations into emergency management policy, planning, decision-making and service delivery.
XYX Lab wins Designers Australia Awards View
XYX Lab is a team of experienced design researchers exploring gender-sensitive design practices and theory. Their work is grounded in feminist and queer theory and activated through real-world projects, operating at the intersection of gender, identity, urban space and advocacy. Through research, they bring together planners, policy makers, local government and stakeholders to make tangible the experiences of underrepresented communities in urban space and planning.
XYX Lab offers Gender-sensitive training for inclusive placemaking ; Toolkits to improve the safety of women and girls on public transport; and Design guides for improving housing for older women.
In 2021, XYX were a winner at the Designers Australia Awards in the Interact Category for their installation 'HyperSext', platforming the lived experiences of women, girls and LGBTIQ+ people in public spaces.
Safe and Equal @ Work View
The Safe and Equal @ Work program, launched in May 2021, is a research program aiming to inform and develop workforce pathways, training supports and job creation for family violence victim-survivors. The program builds on the lived experience of family violence survivors to develop better family violence responses and prevention measures in collaboration with industry and employers. The program focuseds on enhanced safety, helping address women’s financial insecurity and gender inequalities in the workplace, and producing economic benefits through greater workforce participation.
Respectful Communities View
Respectful Communities works to create an equal and respectful community at Monash University, free from gender-based violence and harm, through a range of educational initiatives including workshops and events. Respectful Communities is committed to taking an evidence-based approach to social and cultural change on-campus, this sees them engage the Monash community at large to shift broader norms, practices and structures. In 2021 more than 27,000 students completed the Respect at Monash module on how to be a more respectful Monash community member; 1390 students completed the BRIGHT training how to prevent gender-based violence; and 3,917 staff and students completed Monash LGBTIQA+ training programs on how to respond to incidents of queerphobia.