The Masculinities Project

Delivered in person at Clayton campus, this project engages men and gender-diverse students in gender-based violence (GBV) prevention.

The project aims to:

  • enhance the understanding of the role of men and gender-diverse individuals in GBV prevention and gender equality
  • give students the opportunity to learn practical methods of challenging stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  • provide a safe and supportive environment for men and gender-diverse students to talk about masculinity, discuss societal attitudes and expectations, and explore ways of engaging in more healthy and non-conforming masculinities
  • acknowledge and encourage gender equitable attitudes of men and gender-diverse students
  • challenge the dominant forms and patterns of masculinity that drive GBV.

Our discussion catch-ups

As part of the project, we run discussion catch-ups to engage men in promoting gender equality, inclusion and being an active bystander in the prevention of gender-based violence. You’ll join a small group of students for a 1.5 hour session to talk about some of the key topics we address in the Mobiliser Program. It’s a great opportunity to meet the peer facilitators involved in the development and delivery of the Masculinities Project, and secure a place in the Mobiliser Program for semester two.

Discussion catch-up sessions run between Monday 12 April and Friday 30 May.

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Our Mobiliser Program

The central component of the project is to engage young men and gender-diverse students in an intensive ‘mobiliser’ program, which focuses on the prevention of GBV and promotes gender equality and active bystander action through a broader co-created media campaign.

The program is based on a primary prevention approach called community mobilisation. This approach targets social norms and attitudes by engaging, educating, and empowering people to promote change within their communities (Mannell & Dadswell, 2017).

As part of the program, you’ll join a small group of 8 to 10 students in weekly intensive workshops (15 hours in total) to discuss dominant masculinity norms and how they can be broken down. At the end of the program, you’ll have the knowledge and skills you need to champion cultural change.

2021 sessions have been postponed until semester two – submit an expression of interest to receive an update with revised session dates.

If you have any questions or concerns, email respectful-communities@monash.edu.

End-of-year webinar

The end-of-year webinar is hosted by the Respectful Communities team in collaboration with the participants from the Mobiliser Program. During this event, the Mobiliser Program participants will share their learning journey and present the final project created during the sessions.

This event is also an opportunity for meaningful discussion about engaging university men in the promotion of gender-equitable communities and the prevention of GBV.

Date: TBC

If you’re not a Monash student or staff member and you'd like to attend this event, email respectful-communities@monash.edu.

Fast facts

Meet your facilitators

Bailey Webb

Bailey Webb

Hi, I’m Bailey Webb, and my preferred pronouns are he/him. I'm currently in my third year of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. I've been with Respectful Communities since my first year and performed much of the background research and development of the pilot Masculinities Project.

I'm passionate about exploring gender with men and gender-diverse students in the prevention of gender-based violence, especially coming from a rural background where expressions of masculinity are very rigid.

Rumali Kularatne

Rumali Kularatne

Hi, I’m Rumali Kularatne, and my preferred pronouns are she/her. I completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Communications at Monash University in 2018 and I’m commencing my Arts Honours program this year. I've been with Respectful Communities since February 2018 and I am looking forward to the Masculinities Project because I believe that men and gender-diverse people have an important role in creating a more gender-equitable community.

I’m really excited to hear what participants have to share about being an active bystander and how they plan to amplify the key messages from our shared discussions during the program.

Thanura Ediri

Thanura Ediri

Hi, I’m Thanura Ediri, and my preferred pronouns are he/him. I am currently in my fourth year of a double degree in Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Science. I’ve been working with Respectful Communities since 2020. I was involved with the pilot Masculinities Project in 2020.

I am passionate about giving men opportunities to discuss their masculinities and giving men the space to discover their role in preventing gender-based violence. I am also really passionate about incorporating LGBTQIA+ issues and looking at gender-based violence and intimate partner violence from an intersectional lens.