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Victoria’s new gender equality strategy recognises the importance of heritage and cultural activities.

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Date: 10 January 2017

On 5 December 2016, The Victorian state government announced a series of landmark reforms to support women and girls to be be safer and stronger in their homes, workplaces and communities. Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy is one response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence that found gender inequality to be one of the key drivers behind family violence.

There are many reforms and initiatives listed in the strategy document, including programs to combat inequality in grassroots sporting programs, a review of laws against sexist advertising and gender based hate speech, and a new Gender Equality Act.

We are delighted to see that the promotion of women’s history, heritage and cultural programs is included in this strategy. Funding has been made available to establish HERplace – A Women’s Heritage Centre. The board of management will combine the talents of the committees of management of two pre-existing organisations; Women’s Heritage Centre Victoria (WHCV) and HER PLACE Women’s Museum.

AWAP staff and volunteers, as supporters of WHCV and now the newly established HERplace Women’s Heritage Centre, are excited to be involved in this important initiative and look forward to providing you with more news throughout 2107.

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