Respectful relationships education program

Program Guidelines


Research shows that violence against women is much higher in countries where the economic, social and political rights of women are poorly protected. Violence is consistently worse in areas where power and resources are unequally distributed between men and women (for example by an under-representation of women in parliament and on corporate boards, a pay gap between men and women, and a gender gap in superannuation). Evidence also reveals that the ‘constants’ in predicting higher levels of violence against women relate to social structures and norms, as well as organisational practices that support gender inequality, especially in the following ways:

  • the condoning of violence against women
  • men’s control of decision-making and limits to women’s independence, in public life and relationships
  • rigid gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  • male peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women.1
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