With International Women’s Day coming on March 8, Brimbank Council reminds the community of the importance of pressing for progress for women.
(Pictured: Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice, Brimbank CEO Helen Morrisey, and Cr Kim Thien Truong)
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Brimbank Council was a good example of how women could progress, challenge stereotypes and bias, and forge positive visibility for women.
“We’re extremely proud of the fact that seven of the 11 elected Brimbank Councillors are female – so 63.3 per cent of Brimbank Councillors are women. This is way higher than the local government percentage of 38.1 per cent women councillors.
“Brimbank Council also has a female Chief Executive Officer. In fact, three of the five members of Council’s current Executive Management Team are women.
“This gender balance in our Council is fantastic, because it means we’re accurately reflecting the community we serve, which is essential to be able to make good decisions and provide services that best meet the needs of our community.
“Personally, I am proud to have been elected to serve my community and I try to do my best each day.
“As a Council we’re committed to actively challenging stereotypes and bias on every front.
“This International Women’s Day let’s remember to #PressforProgress.
“Together let’s challenge stereotypes and bias, let’s forge positive visibility of women, and try to influence other people’s beliefs and actions on this matter, and of course, we must keep celebrating the achievements of women.
“We want our community to commit to a ‘gender parity mindset’. It’s not only important that women progress, it is also important that they enjoy similar conditions. Wouldn’t you want your daughter to be rewarded the same as your son would, if both were doing the same job?
“While we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day,” Cr Giudice said.
Apart from being fair to all, greater gender equity leads to very positive outcomes for organisations and society as a whole.
Research shows that societies with greater gender equity have lower rates of violence towards women and children, and better outcomes for women in terms of social, political and economic participation.
Brimbank Council is working towards gender equality, through its Plan to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women (2015-2019). Council works with its partners and the broader community to advance gender equity and promote the optimal health, safety and wellbeing of its residents.