Last updated: 29 Jun, 2021

VicHealth has a history of working in gender equality in recognition of its health and wellbeing benefits for women and girls.

For close to two decades, we have delivered initiatives to support the more equal treatment and valuing of women and girls in sport, workplaces, education and other spheres of public and private life.

In recent years we have also supported new work that seeks to challenge outdated masculine stereotypes.


Why is gender equality important?

We all want to be respected as unique individuals with our own interests, skills and aspirations.

But too many people find their opportunities in life are shaped by outdated assumptions and are treated differently because of their gender.

Women, in particular, face additional barriers in leading the life they choose. In workplaces, for example, many employers overlook women for senior roles based on assumptions about women’s leadership skills. Similarly, there is more pressure on women to undertake unpaid care work than men, which creates an additional barrier to workplace participation.

The VicHealth Coronavirus Victorian Wellbeing Impact Study showed that:

  • Young women aged 18-24 were 2.5 x more likely than others to be stood down from their jobs.
  • 76% of Victorian mothers were primarily responsible for looking after their pre-school aged kids compared with only 8% of fathers.
  • 72% of Victorian mothers spent the most time helping their kids with remote learning compared to 26% of fathers.

That’s why VicHealth is finding and delivering solutions that address outdated ideas about gender and facilitate more equal treatment of women and girls.


What’s new?

Victorians’ experiences of sexism and sexual harassment while working remotely due to the coronavirus – Report findings, January 2021

Reducing sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace, provides safer, more productive environments for Victorians, produces better mental wellbeing outcomes, and creates more diverse opportunities, equal treatment and valuing of women in the workplace.

With workplaces moving increasingly online due to coronavirus, experiences of sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace, and taking action in response, are also changing.

This report details findings on the prevalence of sexism and sexual harassment when working remotely, and the instances of and barriers to taking action in response.

Framing gender equality – Message guide

This messaging guide contains recommendations that will help you boost support for gender equality initiatives in Australia.

We envisage the primary users of this guide will be people working to create a more equal and just society for women and girl across all settings - including workplaces, leadership, sport, media, early childhood and parenting.

This includes those seeking to build greater public support for systemic solutions to gender inequality through policy and organisational change, as well as those working on individual behaviour change initiatives.


What is on this page?


Evidence reviews


Gender Equality

Bystander Action


Masculinities and Health

Case studies

More information

Find out more about the scope of VicHealth’s work on gender equality by visiting:

Behavioural insights and gender equality

Gender equality through the arts

How to be an active bystander

Masculinities and health