Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon wins the Australian Financial Review Emerging Leadership Award

Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Director of the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, has been selected as the winner of the Australian Financial Review Emerging Leadership Award.

The award is granted to a leadership figure in the higher education sector, whose work directly improves the quality of life of individuals and communities on a global or national scale.

“Family violence is a national crisis in Australia, [and] around the world, so it's an incredible time to be leading a research centre aimed at preventing all forms of family violence,” says Associate Professor Fitz-Gibbon.

The Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre leads research in the field, which is used to inform policy and practice, and improve responses to family violence.

Through engagement with victims and survivors, the Centre ensures that conversations around preventing and responding to family violence are informed by evidence and the expertise of those with lived experience.

“I’m really proud of [the centre’s] commitment to providing a voice and platform for victim- survivors,” says Associate Professor Fitz-Gibbon.

While maintaining her role at Monash, Associate Professor Fitz-Gibbon has recently been appointed Chair of Respect Victoria, the leading Victorian organisation in the primary prevention of all forms of family violence.

Targeting cultural norms, gender inequality and learnt behaviour as the root causes of violence, the organisation was established in response to the recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“Respect Victoria works to inform improved community interventions, and to raise awareness as to how individuals, organisations and communities can all assist in calling out disrespectful behavior, and preventing family violence,” says Associate Professor Fitz-Gibbon.

This year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on the 25th of November, marked the first day of the UN Women’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

Engaging communities and industry in the campaign, the Monash Gender and Family VIolence Prevention Centre is hosting a lineup of virtual events across the 16 days. Each event is focused on showcasing the Centre’s leading research expertise in key areas and bringing together leaders from across the sector.

Learn more about Associate Professor Fitz-Gibbon’s work at Monash