The Building Respectful Futures Together strategy promotes gender equality as a key action to prevent gender-based violence. It pursues gender equality transformation within and beyond the University. By engaging with student leaders, students and staff, framing respectful relationships as a core 21st-century skill for graduates, building and contributing to community violence prevention strategies and connecting researchers with one another, the strategy seeks to embody the vision and moral purpose of VU.
VU’s strategy to prevent gender-based violence is aligned with the ‘Change the Story’ national framework, and takes place across four interlinked domains of action:
- Engagement: partnering with students, staff and community organisations to promote respect and gender equality
- Leadership: leading prevention work among universities, and within the communities we serve
- Evaluation: collecting and analysing data to ensure our actions are relevant, effective and contribute to building the evidence base for what works in preventing gender-based violence
- Transformation: providing evidence-based, transformative training opportunities to both students and staff.