"I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that, then I realised I am somebody".
Imagine a world where everyone thought of themselves as a leader. Effective leadership is what stands between us and a peaceful, safe society. If every individual believed they were a leader, with the ability to affect positive change, we could dramatically revolutionise the landscape of our culture and improve society for all.
At MATE, we believe the challenge of change is a personal one. We must not wait for the systems created on our behalf to save us. We have an opportunity to do this important work in every aspect of our lives by raising the level of expectation for our peers. We can do this by using our influence to educate, encourage and challenge our mates to do better. It is the work we do at an individual level with our peers and with the people in our sphere of influence that will make the difference.
MATE aims to teach participants how to use their leadership in positive ways by using a bystander approach to violence prevention. This approach is important because it does not view all men as perpetrators and women as victims; rather it views all people as bystanders who can be empowered to address harmful and abusive behaviour involving their peers.
MATE makes the complicated and diverse issues of violence against women accessible to the general population by engaging participants in a discussion not only about abusive behaviour but also about the ways we create a culture that nurtures gender inequality.