16 Days of Activism: Beyond Stereotypes

This year, we are excited to be hosting an online photo competition exploring the theme of healthy masculinity.

Enter the photo competition for your chance to win

If you live, work or study in Melbourne’s west enter your photo via the form below. There are some great prizes to be won for the best photos!

Prizes include:

  • $50 Readings voucher
  • Children’s books that promote boys and girls as equals
  • $50 Woolworths voucher
  • $50 Target voucher
  • Family pool pass to your local area

What is healthy masculinity?

Healthy masculinity means being free to express yourself and moving beyond harmful stereotypes and traditional roles.

We’ll be showcasing a range of photos that represent what healthy masculinity means to you.

Submit a photo to raise awareness and promote positive and respectful ways of being a man in the world today.

The photos might include things like:

  • Men taking on active parenting roles
  • Showing vulnerability
  • Caring for others
  • Wearing bright colours
  • Empowering LGBTQIA+ people, women and children and each other.

Why is it important to promote healthier ways of being a man?

Men can face a lot of pressure to live up to traditional masculine stereotypes.

Ideas about men being tough, breadwinners, unemotional and always in charge have contributed to poor health outcomes for men. These poor health outcomes include:

  • High rates of suicide
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Increased rates of violence, including against women and their children.

Everyone should be free to be true to themselves.

Evidence shows that breaking free of harmful gender stereotypes will improve health and wellbeing outcomes for all genders.

Where will the photos be displayed?

Images will be posted on Twitter and Instagram and in local council newsletters over the 16 Days of Activism period, between 25th November and 10th December 2022. This will be managed by the Preventing Violence Together partnership.

How do I enter?

To enter please fill in the form here.

Please submit photos between 24 Nov and 10 Dec for inclusion in the 16 Days campaign.

Submit your photo before Friday 16 Dec to be included in the competition draw.

If you have any questions about the competition or want to find out more, please contact GenWest on comms@genwest.org.au.