Promoting gender equity

Maribyrnong City Council has a long-standing commitment to the promotion of gender equity and prevention of violence against women. As the level of government closest to the community, Victorian Councils have a mandate to create healthy, safe and inclusive. 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

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. 

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Royal Commission into Family Violence

In April 2016, the Royal Commission into Family Violence released its report and recommendations to the Victorian Government following a 13-month inquiry. The Commission was tasked with identifying and solving system-wide issues in the response and prevention of family violence. You can view the 227 recommendations in the Royal Commission into Family Violence's final report.

The Victorian Local Government Women's Charter

Maribyrnong Council has been signatory to the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter (VLGWC) since 2008. The Charter promotes the principles of: gender equity, encouraging diversity in representation and participation; and women’s active citizenship. Read our charter(PDF, 119KB).  




YourGround Safety Survey

COVID-19 restrictions during 2020-21 encouraged residents to participate in outdoor recreation activities. However, perceptions of safety can be a barrier to ongoing participation, particularly for women and gender-diverse residents.

The YourGround survey asked the Victorian community to map their perceptions of safety when using open spaces. Data was collected during April-July 2021 and over 200 places were identified by women and gender-diverse people within the City of Maribyrnong. This included 30 safe places and 177 unsafe places.

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The survey findings will be used to inform a range of Council activities, including the design and maintenance of open spaces. YourGround was a collaboration between Victorian councils, Monash XYX Lab and CrowdSpot.


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.

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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 artssport and leisurework, 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.  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.