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:
- Member and signatory to Preventing Violence Together (PVT), the Western regional partnership and strategy that guides the primary prevention of men’s violence against women across Melbourne’s west
- Leadership programs for women
- Increasing the participation of women and girls in sport
- Promoting gender equity in early years
- Encouraging and supporting women to run in local government elections
- Enhancing Council services and support for parents
- Celebrate International Women's Day and 16 Days of Activism with a range of community events
- Being accredited as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace with the Australian Breastfeeding Association
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 females and males.
Gender equity strategy
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 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.’
In recognition of Council’s commitment to promoting gender equity and preventing violence against women (PVAW) and their children, the Maribyrnong Council Plan 2017-2021 states that Council will strengthen PVAW programs, respond to the needs of victims and promote gender equity.
Council has now committed to the development of its second Gender Equity Strategy and Action Plan to be delivered in September, 2018. The purpose of the Strategy is to outline the steps that Council will take to meet the recommendations for Local Government from the RCFV
We the people of Maribyrnong declare our commitment to a community where opportunities for success are equally available to women and men; where everyone lives free from the cycle of violence; where peoples thoughts, ideas and opinions are heard and respected and choices and goals in life celebrated and supported.
Women of the West
This 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.
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.