We encourage greater participation of women in local government as councillors and senior managers in recognition of on-going under-representation of women in this field.
In Victoria only 34 per cent of councillors are women. Following the council elections held in November 2012, all councils have at least one female councillor, but 10 councils have only one female councilor – considerably less than the percentage of women making up their communities.
Research has shown that when women stand for council they are just as likely as men to be elected; however, they often don't stand for election.
We support increasing the number of women participating in local government by:
The WPILGC website has resources for women in local government which were developed with MAV involvement. These include A gender agenda and the 2013 women's charter update report.
Grants & funding
We received a grant from the Office of Women's Policy to run women's charter activities on behalf of the WPILGC. The final report of the project shows examples of action plans and models that work. A women's charter checklist also provides ideas for actions councils can take.