We encourage greater participation of women in local government as councillors and senior managers in recognition of on-going under-representation of women in these roles.
In Victoria, 38 per cent of councillors are women. The council elections in October 2016 resulted in all 78 councils having at least one female councillor. Fifteen councils have a majority of women councillors, but 12 councils only have one female councillor, which is 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:
- endorsing the Victorian local government Women’s charter principles which are gender equity, diversity and active citizenship
- promoting the activities of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association
- promoting gender equity within local government to assist in the prevention of violence against women
- ensuring that our events and training encourage people to stand for council election are welcoming and accessible to female participants
- encouraging councils to consider initiatives which will increase the participation of women at political and community levels.