Stop the sexist comments

Community support sought for new campaign to help protect women
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“We’re trying to challenge those attitudes that people try to sweep under the carpet.” - Caitlyn Hoggan

FOR many women, putting up with a sexist joke in the workplace or a social function is just part of everyday life.

But Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) wants to put a stop to this in a new campaign called “Courageous Conversations”, which encourages men and women who feel uncomfortable with these comments to take a stand.

Courageous Conversations project manager, Caitlyn Hoggan, said the campaign is part of addressing an attitude that causes violence against women.

She said although it can be challenging, she wants people to speak out against sexist comments directed at women or even men who are abused for stepping out of their “man box” to do an activity like dancing.

“They can say ‘that’s not funny’ or ‘I don’t have to put up with this’,” she said.

“We’re trying to challenge those attitudes that people try to sweep under the carpet.”

WHGNE will officially launch “Courageous Conversations” on Wednesday at the Benalla Lakeside Community Centre, by unveiling a new charter and website.


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