Supporting women with disabilities to be community leaders


A new program is supporting women with disabilities to increase their community leadership skills.

Pictured: Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice (fourth from right) with participants in the Brimbank Enabling Women Program.

Brimbank Enabling Women – A Community Leadership Program for Women with Disabilities will be delivered by Council over six sessions in collaboration with Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV).

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council started the program in response to feedback and consultations with local community members and stakeholders ̶ that women with disabilities experience significant disadvantages.

“Nearly one in five Victorian women has a disability – and it is increasingly recognised that women with disabilities experience additional discrimination.

“This includes barriers related to health, education, employment, safety, housing and more.

“Brimbank Council is committed to making sure that people with disability have the same rights and opportunities to live, work, and socialise as everyone.

“This program will support women to develop confidence in their knowledge and insights about their human rights, advocacy and leadership, and to become more involved in their local community,” Cr Giudice said.

The program is part of the Brimbank Community Leadership Program – which has supported more than 500 people since it began in 2010.

Last year, Council adopted a Disability Action Plan to guide our work to support people with disability, along with their families and carers, and to improve access and inclusion in Brimbank. This program is one of the actions to come out of that plan.