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:

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.

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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 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 developed its second Gender Equity Strategy. The purpose of the Strategy is to outline the steps that Council will take to meet the recommendations for Local Government from the RCFV.

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

Our vision

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.

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.

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.