Phil Cleary sends clear message on family violence

Residents keen to hear high profile activist Phil Cleary talk about family violence and gender equality attended The Cube Wodonga on Friday.

The former VFL premiership coach, football player, and independent politician is a passionate advocate for change in attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate gender inequality.

Mr Cleary lost his sister, Vicki to family violence after she was stabbed to death outside her work by a partner she had recently ended a relationship with.

She was 25 years old and the year was 1987.

Since the murder of his sister Mr Cleary has been at the forefront of the campaign to stop violence against women.

His belief is that a cultural change needs to start at a community level if there is ever going to be gender equality.

Mr Cleary shared his insights and thoughts on this important topic, its links to violence against women and the role we can all play at the November 23 event - Albury Wodonga says YES to Equality and Respect: Canapes and Conversations with Phil Cleary.

The event was aimed at workplaces and sporting club, as well as general community, to make them feel empowered to do something within their setting to create a respectful and equitable Wodonga.

A question and answer session followed with panel members including:

  • Phil Cleary – gender equality advocate
  • Naomi Bailey - Capacity Building Leaders for gender equity at Women's Health Goulburn North East
  • Steve Montgomery – Men’s Behaviour Change Co-ordinator at Gateway Health
  • Melissa Habermann-Crowe - Project Lead for Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence

Gaye Pattison was MC for the evening.