Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Victorian women encouraged to step up and nominate themselves for council elections

A new campaign is aiming to increase the numbers and diversity of women who participate as candidates in Victoria’s 79 local government elections in October 2016.

The GoWomenLG2016 project is a partnership between the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), the Victorian Government and local government and community supporters aimed at improving the representation of women at the senior level in both the public and private sectors.

While the number of women in leadership roles in local councils had been slowly growing, women were still underrepresented. Currently only 35 per cent (217) of Victorian councillors and 18 per cent (14) of council chief executive officers are women.

In August, the Government announced $50,000 in funding for the GoWomenLG 2016 project to build on the VLGA’s existing work and increase the diversity among female candidates in the 2016 general local government elections.

The funding will allow the project to partner with Oxfam and the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition, with a particular focus on encouraging Aboriginal women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Services including mentoring and training will be offered to increase the capacity and confidence of women from all walks of life to stand for local council next year.

For more information visit www.gowomenlg.org.au.

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