Promoting gender equity

To ensure our programs and services promote gender respect and equity, we deliver a range of initiatives with the community, our western region partners and within Council. These include:

Towards Gender Equity 2030

As the level of government closest to the community, Victoria’s Councils have been mandated to create healthy, safe and inclusive communities since the early 2000s. This has been further reinforced by the 2015 Victorian Government Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV), with a key outcome being that Councils are now required to ‘report on the measures they propose to take to reduce family violence and respond to the needs of victims.’

Council has now developed its Towards Gender Equity 2030 strategy. The Strategy sets out our vision, whereby all people in Maribyrnong flourish and live free from violence and discrimination and have equal status, rights, opportunities, representation and respect, regardless of their gender.

The Strategy is framed around the OurWatch Change the Story Framework, which uses evidence to demonstrate the direct links between gender inequality and violence against women and defines the steps we will take to prevent family violence and promote gender equity, both within the Community and the organisation. The Strategy also outlines the steps that Council will take to meet the recommendations for Local Government from the RCFV. 

Read more(PDF, 4MB)

The implementation and evaluation of the Strategy is supported by bi-annual action plans and evaluation framework(PDF, 2MB).

Beyond Princesses and Pirates: A Guide to Children's Picture Books

In order to promote gender equality, we have created Beyond Princesses and Pirates: A Guide to Children’s Picture Books (published March 2018), to assist parents and carers in challenging the culturally ingrained ideas about appropriate behaviours for women and men, girls and boys.

More info

Download the Guide(PDF, 3MB)

Women of the West

This 2016 film and photography project celebrates and showcases the achievements, experiences, diversity and leadership of women and girls who live, work, study or play in the City of Maribyrnong.

Directed by local artist Suzie Blake, the four short films covered the themes arts, sport and leisure, work, and family and community.


Boys Don't Cry

To mark the 2020 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign, West-side women’s choir Pitchface present their cover of ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ by The Cure.

Written in 1979 by Robert Smith, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ highlights the way that men and boys in society have traditionally been brought up to hide their emotions. There is now strong evidence from organisations including OurWatch and VicHealth that these stereotyped constructions of masculinity do great harm to men and boys, and are drivers of violence against women.

The song is a call to action to free men and boys from outdated stereotypes around what it means to be a man, and to build a safer and more equal society. Pitchface’s performance is supported by Council and Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: Call it Out campaign.

If you are experiencing family violence, or you are worried about someone you know you can call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

Edited by Zac Grant and sound mix by Joe Hammond. 

Further information

If you would like to find out more about our work relating to gender equity and the prevention of violence against women, please get in touch via email.