Celebrating International Women's Day 2019

Celebrating International Women's Day 2019

Brimbank Council celebrated International Women’s Day today with a panel discussion exploring our shared responsibility to achieve a more gender-balanced society.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve was one of five speakers to discuss this year’s International Women’s Day theme: balance for better.

“International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements.

“It is also a call to action, and a reminder that we all have a part to play in striving to create a more gender-balanced world,” Cr Congreve said.

Other speakers included Aboriginal Elder Aunty Joyce Cooper, Brimbank 2019 Young Citizen of the Year Hue Man Dang, Brimbank 2019 Citizen of the Year Senada Bosnic Ekic, and Brimbank Chief Executive Officer Helen Morrissey.

Cr Congreve said the event was an opportunity to share different perspectives about the steps we can all take to work towards gender equity.

“To achieve real equality we must value and respect women – this includes valuing women’s diversity, differences and qualities.

“It is my honour to serve as a Brimbank Councillor alongside seven other women out of 11 Councillors.

“Brimbank Council is committed to achieving gender equity – Council’s recently-adopted Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy will guide our work to promote gender equality and violence prevention,” Cr Congreve said.

The strategy includes partnering with other stakeholders, including state and commonwealth governments, Victoria Police, service providers and community members.

Council also runs a range of programs to support women in many aspects of their lives. These include a leadership program for women with disabilities, community grants for initiatives to promote gender equity and prevent violence against women, and our work to support women and girls to participate in sport.

“We were also proud to host a #Metoo forum last year – to raise awareness about violence against women and explore some of the issues surrounding this important and complex discussion,” Cr Congreve said.