Gender equality

We are currently funded by the Victorian Government to build on our leadership and capacity-building role. We support councils to deliver, partner and lead gender equality and preventing violence against women (PVAW) work in their communities, and raise the profile of the local government sector’s work in this space.

Current priorities

Promoting gender equality, PVAW, and encouraging greater participation of women in local government are key policy areas for the MAV. Councils work to achieve gender equality through a diverse range of gender equity strategies and actions.

We support councils and the work they do in their communities by disseminating resources and tools, and providing forums for discussion and networking.  We also seek to engage councils new to this work by helping them to access the best information and adapt models that have been successful elsewhere.

Current projects

Submissions

We develop and form a collective local government sector view on issues around gender equality and the prevention of violence against women.  These include:

To access all our gender equality and prevention of violence against women-related submissions, visit the MAV submissions page.

Committees, reference groups and networks

PVAW Network

The Preventing Violence Against Women Network is an inclusive group of local government representatives (primarily officers) and key community partners. Members meet quarterly and work together to progress the task of leading communities in the promotion of gender equality and the prevention of violence against women. Information about the meeting dates, Terms of Reference, and past network presentations can be found on the PVAW Network page.

Resources

We have produced resources for council use on gender equality and the prevention of violence against women to inform your work, to showcase local government sector leadership, and to build on and advance existing sector work.

Evaluation of the role of local government in preventing violence against women

In 2017, the MAV commissioned the Nous Group to undertake an evaluation report on the role of local government in preventing violence against women and promoting gender equality. The report highlights the influence of local government in driving the social change necessary to achieve a society free from violence against women, and emphasises the need for ongoing support and collaboration.

MAV-produced resources

Other resources

Council-produced resources and Supporting research and resources are also available.

Please visit our Promising Practice Portal for additional examples of council practices, projects and plans that have been developed.

You can access gender equality and PVAW-related presentations from past events and MAV PVAW Network meetings.

Further information

Engage with us

e-News

We maintain an email distribution list for the local government sector and our partners interested in gender equality and the prevention of violence against women. The e-network regularly disseminates information on new resources, upcoming forums, events, news, and funding opportunities.

Human Services Bulletin

We also provide updates on gender equality and preventing violence against women in the Human Services Bulletin which is produced monthly and distributed to council human services directors.

MAV contact

For more information about our gender equality and prevention of violence against women policy work, contact:

Kellie Nagle
Preventing Violence Against Women Policy Adviser
knagle@mav.asn.au
(03) 9667 5585

Catherine Morland
Preventing Violence Against Women Policy Officer
cmorland@mav.asn.au
0438 166 714