A little bit of contextAustralia is ranked the 24th highest country in the world with respect to gender equality.
While we're certainly doing better than most countries, there's still much more we can do to ensure that men and women have equal rights, equal opportunites and equal levels of safety in Australia.
Despite having laws in place to prevent discrimination, harrassment and violence, gender inequality still plays out in a number of ways in Australia:
- 1 in 5 Aussie women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15
- 1 woman dies every fortnight in Victoria due to family violence
- In 2014, the pay gap between men and women is 18.2% – the biggest gap in 20 years
- Women hold only 17% of senior management roles in ASX-listed companies
But there's a problemTraditionally, gender equality has been seen primarily as an "issue for women". We assert that gender equality is not a women's issue – it's a human rights issue.
Gender inequality is something that affects both men and women and therefore, both men and women need to take an active part in the solution if we are to see any real change.
Here's what we're doing about itWe created Project FeMANism to explore the role that men can – and should – play in helping to create a gender equal Australia.
We wanted to create a space where men could express their views and hopes around gender equality. We chose art as the medium for this expression as it allows people to engage with the issue in a powerful, thought-provoking and creative way.
'Works in Progress' is the result!
Works in Progress is a mixed media art exhibition that asks the question: "what does gender equality mean to men?" The exhibition will run for two weeks at the Northern Git in Thornbury. The opening night will be held on Wednesday 26 November, 2014.
We have engaged a number of men to participate in the exhibition and we will have over 100 people attend the opening night.
We're looking forward to mobilising the community around this issue and seeing what dialogue and action is sparked from the artwork and event!
You can join us
We are seeking to raise $1000 to cover the cost of the opening night event. This includes venue hire, catering and tech support for the night.