This year the GPAN team have had a hub set up at Hume Central Secondary College's Town Park campus, as a space to meet with a group of amazing students committed to ending gender based violence in their school and community. Most recently the students and GPAN team presented and performed to over 200 students at the year 10 and 11 assembly, which was really amazing to be a part of!
Thursday, May 9th 2019
We were honoured to be the recipients of the inaugural Fiona Richardson Gender Equity Award presented by Neighbourhood Houses Victoria. This award goes to our wonderful young team, the GPANers! Your commitment and passion for the project is what keeps us going. Another big thank you to the Victorian Government Free From Violence Innovation Fund who allow us to do the work we do.
Friday, March 8th 2019
On International Women's Day, March 8th, GPAN was invited to speak at a local event held at the Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn.
The Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery was displaying works by two local female artists, Heba Moubarak and Catalina Billikopf Mujica.
Our very own, Monica Carbone, presented to the room in a moving speech on her journey with feminism and GPAN.
If you would like to read her speech, you can follow this link:
OR check out our Instagram highlight for snippets of the day: @gpan.project3047
Wednesday, December 19th 2018
On Wednesday December 19th 2018, Maria Vamvakinou, MP for Calwell, presented GPAN's inaugural Eurydice Dixon Gender Equality Champions Award.
The recipients, Bree and Kaitlyn, are two very deserving winners. They are both gender equality champions in their lives and great role models for their peers. Congratulations Bree and Kaitlyn!
Wednesday, October 17th 2018
Week Without Violence (WWV) ran from October 15th- October 21st. WWV is a global initiative to end violence against women.
As part of the activities that take place that week, GPAN went out into the Hume community to promote our message of gender equality and the prevention of violence against women.
We spent some time at Kangan Institute in Broadmeadows and Hume Central Secondary College.
Friday, May 4th 2018
GPAN wants to thank Natalie Hutchins MP, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and the Victorian Government for the $100,000 grant we received.
Such exciting news and will be put to good use to continue our work in promoting gender equality and the prevention of violence against women.
Thanks also to Maria Vamvakinou MP for hosting us at her Calwell electorate office.
We can't wait for what lies ahead for our project!
Saturday, April 21st 2018
On Saturday, April 21st GPAN was at the Women and Girl's Football Gala Day hosted my DPV Health at the Hume City Football Club.
It was a great day celebrating women in sport. We had the opportunity to hand out balloons to kids who attended the sports day and talk to them about what gender equality is.
Wednesday, March 28th 2018
We have finished another round of training. We had a successful six weeks of training on topics like why violence against women occurs, bystander action, respectful relationships and responding to disclosures. The participants were all keen to learn and full of knowledge, passion and ideas.
The team was fortunate enough to hear from guest speakers such as last years training co-facilitator, Peter Forrester, psychologist, Peter Streaker and great organisations like Victoria Police, WHIN and Berry Street.
Thank you to all the young people who took part in the training, welcome to GPAN, we can not wait to see what 2018 will bring!
Friday, September 6th, 2019
GPAN raised over $1,000 in memory of Eurydice Dixon and the 75+ women who have lost their lives to gender based violence this year, in a sell out Trivia Night & Arts Showcase. We were lucky to hear and see the talents of some amazing local young musicians and artists, and just had an all round awesome night! Thank-you so much to all that came and enjoyed the evening with us.
Wednesday, March 20th 2019
GPAN's six week training program for 2019 came to a close on Wednesday, March 20th. Thank you to all our special guests who leant us their expertise in delivering the training; Victoria Police, Berry Street, Women's Health in the North, City of Hume Boxing, Nevo Zisin, Hume City Council, Dr Peter Streker and Undercurrent.
To the 2018 team, thank you for your ongoing support, input and enthusiasm for the project.
To the 2019 team, welcome to GPAN, we are so excited to have you onboard.
Wednesday, December 19th 2018
For our final meeting of the year, GPAN invited special guests, family & friends to join us to celebrate the successes of 2018.
A big thank you to our wonderful 2018 team. You all achieved so much last year and it was a pleasure to have you on board. We can't wait to have you back this year to tackle bigger and better things.
Tuesday, November 27th 2018
In the lead up to the Eurydice Dixon Gender Equality Champions Award being announced, GPAN was featured in the Hume Leader.
The article is about why it was important for us to create this award and how a young person can qualify.
Friday, September 14th 2018
After months of preparation, GPAN hosted its first Trivia Night & Poetry Slam event on Friday, September 14th. All proceeds raised on the evening will be donated in memory of Eurydice Dixon, a young Melbourne woman who tragically lost her life as a result of violence against women.
The night was packed full of trivia, poetry performances, live entertainment, delicious food and inspiring speeches.
A big thank you to the organisations who donated many prizes to be won through out the evening; Tilnak Photographic Fine Art & Education, Zeus Moonee Ponds, Louise D'Amico cards, Hoyts, Anytime Fitness, Pancake Parlour, Kingpin Bowling, Broadmeadows Central, Laurel Hotel, Northern Golf Club, Nandos, Coles, McDonalds and many more.
We would also like to thank Marc Piantella for donating his time and talent to perform his music through out the evening and to our very own GPANer, Bodhi Sweeny, who coordinated a highly professional sound and light display.
Finally, we extend a a great deal of gratitude to all those who bought a ticket and attended on the night. Thank you for supporting our project.
Wednesday, May 2nd 2018
GPAN attended the Candlelight Vigil hosted by Safe Steps to remember the lives lost to family violence.
The vigil was held at Federation Square in Melbourne City.
It was an important and sombre event reminding us that we need to act now and act together to ensure we end family violence. Thanks to Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre for hosting the event and for all the wonderful, life changing work you do in this sector.
Sunday, April 8th 2018
GPAN had a stall from 1pm-6pm at the Broadmeadows Street Festival on April 8th. We had a great volunteer turn out, with at least five of our new team members at the stall at any time.
Our main focus this year was talking to children about what gender equality means. We handed out lots of balloons and had a lot of interest in GPAN and what we are all about.
Saturday, March 3rd 2018
GPAN had a great day at the Craigieburn Festival on Saturday the 3rd of March. We had a great response from the community, giant jenga was a big hit with the kids!
Thanks to Kelly, Liv, Louise, Emily, Rachelle and Steph for representing GPAN
Saturday, November 25th 2017
November 25th marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism to end family violence. Each day has a different action you can use to address harmful attitudes that lead to violence against women.
Thanks to Women's Health in the North for letting us use this great resource!
Wednesday, September 13th 2017
Women's Health in the North has now launched their 'Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017-2021'.
GPAN team members Louise and Georgia represented Banksia Gardens Community Services by signing on to the four year strategy at the launch event.
There were 26 other partner organisations who signed on to the four year strategy and committed themselves to doing their part to prevent violence against women.
Helen Riseborough (WHIN CEO), Frank McGuire (MP for Broadmeadows), Sharon Knight (MP for Wendouree) and Shaan Ross-Smith (Director of MATE bystander program) all delivered inspiring speeches regarding how far we have come as a collective, where we hope to be in the next four years and the importance of working as a unified group to build a respectful community.