The project revolved around a community dialogue process which extended across Victoria. It involved approximately 6000 women and men in small groups of up to ten people all around the state in a thoughtful deliberation of the key issues and the actions they could think about taking to address these issues.
Purple Sage involved a partnership with 5 other community agencies – the Brotherhood of St Laurence, The Stegley Foundation, YWCA, Victorian Local Governance Association and The People Together Project.
Women constituted 75% of the hundreds of Group Leaders who played a critical role in facilitating this ground-breaking, grass roots reflective process.
A special post-election review by the Sunday Age, 24th October 1999, entitled Victoria’s Watershed: Faces of the Revolution, included the following quote regarding the Purple Sage Project:
“[It] tapped into the inchoate unease that Victorians were experiencing about the Kennett revolution… and that it was to become a massive exercise in participatory democracy.”
– Paul Heinrichs
We all have the right to be seen, heard and recognised for our contributions to society.
“I’ve thought about the first time I realised there was gender inequality quite a bit. It’s hard to pinpoint, but I think one really clear manifestation goes back to my Catholic roots."
so that in this lifetime we will be: