Mums Can, Dads Can Project
The Mums Can, Dads Can Project is a family, domestic and sexual violence primary prevention pilot project being developed by Town Camp community members and is being delivered in Alice Springs. The Mums Can, Dads Can Project aims to challenge rigid gender stereotypes regarding the roles of men and women in regards to parenting and will build on the work that is currently being carried out by the Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program (TFVPP).
National and International evidence demonstrates that gender inequality and rigid gender stereotypes are a significant predictor of violence against women. Gendered violence is a serious issue in Australia and there is no doubt that children are being exposed to violence and that stereotypes are being reinforced. It is understood that parents have a large influence on the gender role socialisation of their children and it is hoped that the Mums Can, Dads Can Project will influence parents in their modelling of the next generation of parents.
The Mums Can, Dads Can Project is working with community members to identify unhelpful stereotypes and is developing and promoting key alternative messages that are culturally appropriate and that truly resonate with the Alice Springs Town Camps communities.
The Mums Can, Dads Can Project is strength based, fun and enjoyable, and builds on community strengths. It is sending a powerful message to community members about gender stereotypes particularly in the context of mothers and fathers.
Resources are being developed throughout the project and they will be available for download on this website.
If you have any questions, please contact the Tangentyere Family Violence Prevention Program.
Posters to download: