MAV Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement

In February 2018, our Board endorsed the MAV Diversity and Human Rights Policy Statement:

The MAV has a strong and historical commitment to equality for all Victorians. This is demonstrated in the MAV’s recognition and support of diversity and human rights, as well as in sustained advocacy for vulnerable groups. This has been exemplified in our Prevention of Violence Against Women Leadership Statement and Statement of Commitment to Cultural Diversity.

Local government has obligations under Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006, which includes the rights to recognition and equality before the law, protection from degrading treatment, freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief, taking part in public life, and cultural rights. Human rights are integrated into council business, and a priority of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is to track Victoria’s progress in building a human rights culture.

The MAV welcomes the outcome of the non-binding postal survey on same sex marriage, and acknowledges that the ‘yes’ vote and subsequent legislative reform around same sex marriage represent a triumph for equality and human rights for all Australians. The MAV affirms its support for the LGBTIQ community and recognises marriage equality as a human right.