" The sequence of sessions was outstanding, increasing the feeling of empowerment in the group as the days went on "
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 mates and with the people in our sphere of influence that will make the difference.
MATE is a leadership-focused primary prevention program that aims to make the complicated and diverse issues of men’s 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.
The Training Model
A three (3) day Train-the-Trainer model is utilised. There are two phases:
- Phase 1: MATE facilitator/s deliver the curriculum to allow participants to experience the training first hand, explore the issues more deeply for themselves, and witness the training dynamic MATE seeks to create.
- Phase 2: Participants facilitate training for their peers to practice the delivery of MATE and receive feedback from both their peers and MATE facilitator/s.
The first step in the training involves engaging the participants in dialogue around leadership and why it is important for them as leaders to talk about these issues. The trainers talk about how these issues personally affect the participants, including the potentially negative consequences that can result from not talking about harmful and abusive behaviour in a proactive way. This discussion focuses on empowering the participants to understand and embrace their respective leadership roles within their sphere of influence and beyond. The program also illustrates the benefits of taking a pro-active stance in addressing these issues.
The participants are introduced to the philosophy and goals of MATE to help develop a richer understanding of what the program aims to achieve using a specific educational philosophy.
The MATE model utilises a bystander approach to prevention and intervention that empowers leaders to think more critically and personally about men’s violence against women. This approach decreases male defensiveness and female helplessness and enables participants to develop concrete options for intervention in the face of abusive behaviour.
Awareness Raising exercises
Throughout training, the trainers will facilitate a series of Awareness Raising exercises designed to address several issues of gender-based violence. These exercises challenge the participants by allowing them to critically examine abusive and healthy relationships, the social constructions of gender and how some of those constructions have a negative impact on behaviour and development, and to illustrate how subtle forms of sexism (misogynistic language, jokes, music lyrics) if left unchecked, progress into more blatant forms of violence and misogyny. Additionally, these exercises help the participants personalise the issue of men’s violence against women, highlight the power of bystanders, and reinforce the importance of intervening and confronting potentially harmful and abusive situations.
MATE trainers lead the participants through scenario discussions on various topics to develop the critical decision making skills a bystander needs to address problematic behaviour. This is done in either single or mixed gender sessions. The single gender discussions allow for a more comfortable and realistic conversation, due to the fact that each gender experiences and confronts these issues differently due to gender dynamics. However, if there are a limited number of men, this may be done in a mixed gender group.
Brief clips from popular culture (film, television, music videos) are used to highlight issues raised in the previous discussion and to enable the participants to become critical consumers of popular culture and media images. It also demonstrates how media can be utilised to facilitate and enhance conversations about men’s violence against women.
Train the Trainers / Peer presentations
Each participant is then paired with one or two peers and assigned scenarios and/or Awareness Raising exercises to lead in front of their peer group. New scenarios are presented to further the awareness of men’s violence against women, and to challenge the participants’ leadership qualities by placing them in more advanced situations where bystander behaviour must be direct and proactive, and to further illustrate that sexism and men’s violence against women isn’t always blatant, overt, or physical.
Benefits of MATE Training for participants who complete the 3-day Train-the-Trainer
- Access to evidence-based bystander intervention program
- Access to 12 years of experience in program development focused on bystander intervention
- Access to full MATE curriculum
- Continued technical assistance from MATE staff as needed
$9500 AUD plus travel (flights, accommodation, meals and ground transportation) for up to 25 participants.
To arrange training please contact:
Alexander Ward, Support Officer
MATE Bystander Program
w: +61 755 527 129
m: +61 474 215 276