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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If you’re not a Monash student or staff member and you'd like to attend this event, email email@example.com.
- Young men aged 18 to 30 who most strongly agree with rigid gender stereotypes report poorer levels of mental health, engage in risky drinking, are more likely to be in car accidents and to report committing acts of violence, online bullying and sexual harassment (see the Men’s Project, Jesuit Social Services 2018a).
- One in six women and one in 16 men have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a current or previous cohabiting partner (see AIHW’s Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence in Australia: Continuing the National Story).
- Research shows that a large percentage of young Australian men believe and feel pressure to be self-sufficient, tough, physically attractive in order to be successful, the breadwinner of families, hypersexual, aggressive and controlling (see Fact Sheet: About the Man Box, Jesuit Social Services 2018b).
- Evidence demonstrates the fact that masculinity is not innate or fixed. It’s a dynamic construction that shifts and changes over time and place (see Men in Focus: Unpacking Masculinities and Engaging Men in the Prevention of Violence Against Women, Our Watch 2019).
- Dominant forms of masculinity intersect with gender inequality and other structural inequalities and social disadvantages, such as gender-based violence (see Men in Focus: Unpacking Masculinities and Engaging Men in the Prevention of Violence Against Women, Our Watch 2019).
Meet your facilitators
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.
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.
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.