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Our Children’s Place in the World

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Calling all dads, uncles, grandads, father figures and male role models!  How do you encourage children and young people in your lives to simply be themselves  free from limiting gender stereotypes?

Share a photo or a short story as part of Our Children’s Place in the World campaign and you’ll be in the running to win one of five $50 JB Hi-Fi gift vouchers.
 
We don’t want to guide the type of images or stories too much – it’s open to your interpretation! Share a photo or story of you being who you are; or supporting a child or young person to find their place in the world free of rigid gender stereotypes.
 
By taking part, you’ll be helping to normalise personal identities (just being ourselves) and challenge rigid stereotypes of masculinity, which play a direct role in driving men’s violence against women.
 
Submissions are open from 9.00am Monday, 27 June to 4.00pm Friday, 22 July 2022. Submissions may also be shared on our Facebook and Instagram pages. 

The Facts – Why Are We Doing This Project?

We are encouraging dads, father figures and male role models to reflect on their views and attitudes of masculinity, gender stereotypes and gender bias.  Young people’s attitudes and behaviours are shaped by those around them and as adults we need to recognise our role as important influencers of the younger generation. 
 
There is a clear link between violence towards women, and socially dominant stereotypes of masculinity and gender inequality.  Violence against women and their children is a serious issue in the City of Melville.  Even though most of us recognise that violence against women is a serious issue, fewer people realise where the behaviours and attitudes can start – in childhood. 
These alarming statistics from the WA Police website reflect a nationwide trend which indicates the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with the onset or escalation of violence and abuse against women.

While the pandemic did exacerbate stress, financial pressures, family disruption, and social isolation – these factors do not cause violence against women. Research shows that violence against women is driven by gender inequality, which is why it is important to look at not just rates of violence against women, but also how the pandemic impacted on women’s economic independence (such as employment) and women’s lives in the home.
 
The top five suburbs most impacted in our community highlight that family and domestic violence occurs in all cultures; to people of all ages; all socio-economic groups; and all education levels and professions.  

It should also be noted that these figures don't show an accurate portrayal of family and domestic violence incidents of which ‘assault’ is only one component. 

Violence Is Never Ok

If you or someone you know is impacted by domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit the 1800 Respect website to talk to someone through online chat. In an emergency, call triple zero (000).

Prize Draw Terms and Conditions
  • Open to ages 18+
  • You can submit more than one photo and/or story
  • You will only submit content which you have personally created or have the right to submit
  • You must have permission from the person/people in the image and/or story and will be asked to confirm this when you submit
  • You have the approval of all parents and/or legal guardians of the child/children depicted in the entry
  • You may be contacted to request a higher resolution of your photo (if submitting an image)
  • By submitting your photo and/or story you agree to allow the City of Melville to:
    • Alter the photo colours (if submitting an image)
    • Exhibit and/or print your photo and/or story
    • Post your photo and/or story on social media or use in promotional activities
  • Photos that are not of a high quality or resolution may not be displayed
  • Photos and/or stories that are deemed inappropriate may not be displayed
  • The prize is as follows:
    • There are 5 x $50 JB Hi-Fi vouchers to be won
    • One voucher per winner
    • City of Melville employees and Elected Members are not eligible in the draw
    • Winners will be selected at random from all submissions received
    • The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered
    • Winners will be notified by email
  • These Terms and Conditions are subject to change

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