The VLGA has been actively working to increase women’s participation in local governments as citizens, candidates and councillors for over 14 years. It all began in 1999, when the VLGA joined the Women’s Participation in Local Government Coalition (WPILGC) and took on the Secretariat role for the Coalition in 2000. The VLGA is guided by the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter and its three principles of gender equity, diversity and active citizenship.
You can click on each project below to learn more about how we're working to increase the representation of women in local government.
A project to build the number of women candidates at the 2016 local government elections.
Featuring Senator Nova Peris OAM, this video includes shared stories and advice from women of Victoria’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about the why, how and when of standing as a local government candidate.
To date, 68 of Victoria’s 79 local governments have endorsed the Charter, with many creating action plans to ensure councils walk the talk of the three principles of gender equity, diversity and active citizenship.
This previous partnership project funded by the Victorian Government, Think women for local government 2012, achieved increases in the number of both women candidates and elected women. Average numbers of women councillors increased from below 30 percent to 34 percent. This is the first time that every Victorian is represented by a local government with at least one woman councillor.
The WPILG Coalition was a non-party political partnership of local government peak, community and philanthropic organisations, women councillors and individual women, formed in 1996.
November 25 marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and December 10 is International Human Rights Day. The VLGA aims to run 16 days of action for this each year. Keep an eye on our website for more information.
Useful resources to help you learn more about women in local government