Being Equal

Gender Equality and Respect in the early years

Being Equal supports early learning services to promote gender equality and respectful relationships among children, educators and families. The aim of the program is to create an environment where everyone is valued and respected with equal opportunities. The program draws on the Our Watch’s Change the Story Framework which outlines the gender inequalities that drive gendered based violence and the Rights Resilience and Respectful Relationships in schools model.  

The Being Equal model follows a continuous improvement cycle to support services to reflect and to benchmark change processes and practices in six areas. 

Our evaluation of the pilot program in 2021 highlighted that the five participating early learning services made considerable progress to embedding changes across all benchmark areas and and that this led to changes in the experiences of educators and children. A further seven services enrolled in the program in 2020.  

You can read more about the program: 

 Being Equal is a finalist in the 2021 Victorian Early Years Awards.  


Latest resources:

Link to the Being Equal Childrens Booklist 2021 – This resource was developed by the early learning services participating in the Being Equal program.

20210907 Being Equal booklist

Contact Information

Contact the Health Promotion Team on 9525 1300 or