Case study: Girl Guides Victoria - Voices against violence

The Voices Against Violence program supports girls to understand and take action on violence against girls.

As part of the world movement, our mission is to empower girls and young women to become confident, self-respective, responsible community members.

Help for young people to talk about violence

Voices Against Violence is a non-formal learning program for boys and girls. It has been developed by UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

The initiative is designed to help young people:

  • learn to talk about violence
  • understand its root causes
  • recognise their rights
  • develop the skills and confidence to access those rights for themselves and others

The program is interactive and created for children and young people.

It provides opportunities for guides to talk about relationships, gender equality and abuse within a safe and supportive environment.

Delivered by trained volunteers

Voices Against Violence will be delivered across Victoria by a team of volunteers. Volunteers will be existing guide leaders and new volunteers with specialist skills.

All volunteers are women trained in creating a safe space for girls to learn and share, and in empowering the girls to understand and take action on gender equality.

The team will deliver the program to a range of communities. They will work with local Girl Guide volunteers to ensure the program matches the needs of the local community.

The cause of gender inequality

There are a number of programs that look at violence or bullying. Voices Against Violence links violence against girls to the root cause of gender inequality. The program seeks to change attitudes to gender equality. It also supports girls to understand and take action on violence against girls.