Women make up over 50 per cent of Victoria's population - we should be more than 38 per cent of its councillors.
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In line with the Victorian Government’s Gender Equality Strategy, and the Best practice guide to gender equity in local government, our vision is to see 50 per cent women elected as councillors and mayors.
It’s an ambitious goal – one that will require action from women (and men) across the state.
We want to engage communities that have long been disenfranchised and under represented at a local government level.
We know that in every part of this state, women play a pivotal role in the leadership of their communities, but this work is often underappreciated and not formally recognised.
We want local councils to look like the communities that they represent – after all, local government is supposed to be the level of government that is closest to the people.
Local government delivers essential services that women access on a daily basis. Councils are a significant contributor to the Victorian economy, employing over 50,000 people, spending more than $7 billion on service delivery and $2 billion on infrastructure annually, and managing over $70 billion in public assets.
Women’s connections to their community, their skills and their unique perspectives mean they are rich with potential to be terrific local councillors.
We live in a world where there are local women leading change, and we want to empower them to do it on a larger scale.