The Modelling Respect and Equality (MoRE) training has kicked off, with 10 men and 15 women participating in the six-month program.
The training program is part of the Mornington Peninsula Communities Creating Change project. MoRE aims to support role models who interact with boys and men on a regular basis so they can challenge limiting and harmful stereotypes and promote respect and equality.
During the recent two-day workshop, the participants including teachers, mental health professionals, youth workers, sports coaches and community members took a deep dive into topics such as:
- Unpacking gender roles, norms and practices
- Understanding the powerful impact of vulnerability and emotional intelligence
- Understanding and challenging harmful expressions of masculinity
- Learning how to recognise and respond to various forms of violence
- Learning and practicing how to deal with resistance and tricky conversations
- Learning how to use theirs and others’ strengths to build community
- Exploring opportunities for dialogue and activities to engage boys and men using the Man Box research.
The participants will now go on to engage in a community of practice and create action plans to bring about positive change on the Mornington Peninsula.
Modelling Respect and Equality (MoRE) is a program facilitated and delivered by The Men’s Project at Jesuit Social Services with funding for delivery in the Mornington Peninsula Shire from VicHealth. MoRE is one part of the Communities Creating Change project being delivered by Mornington Peninsula Shire in partnership with Family Life.
Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“We were overwhelmed by the number of applicants for this program! Thank you to everyone who expressed an interest in participating. We have a great group of community members and I can’t wait to see the impact these role models will have.
“For those who missed out, or anyone else interested in the health and wellbeing of young men and boys in our community, go to mornpen.vic.gov.au/creatingchange and click the ‘follow’ button to receive updates. There will be a variety of workshops offered later this year.”