Creating gender equity plays a significant role in preventing violence against women and children. Early childhood educators have an important part to play in modelling equal and respectful relationships; through curriculum, learning environments and interactions with children.

The early years are a critical time when children’s notions of gender roles are shaped and the foundations for respectful play, friendships and relationships are established. Rigid stereotypes, attitudes and beliefs about gender are formed at a young age, which can limit and influence children’s aspirations, potential and relationships.

Addressing gender equity in early years settings and challenging harmful gender stereotypes will have a long lasting, positive impact on the prevalence of violence against women across the whole community.

Created in 2021, this list highlights key on-line resources available to workers.