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Gender equality

Mitchell Shire Council is committed to progressing gender equality.

Gender equality is when people of all genders have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities. Communities that value women and men as equals are safer and healthier.

Promoting gender equality prevents family violence and other forms of violence against women and girls. Violence in our communities is complex but also preventable.

The Gender Equality Act 2020

The Gender Equality Act places obligations on more than 300 public sector organisations across Victoria to plan, measure and track progress to improve gender equality.

The Gender Equality Act requires councils to consider gender equality not only in their workforce but in the policies, programs and services that significantly impact the public.

Mitchell Shire Council Gender Equality Action Plan 2021- 2025

Council's Gender Equality Action Plan aims to accelerate gender equality initiatives and outcomes within the organisation and contribute to preventing gender-based violence in our communities.

The plan was developed in consultation with our workforce, governing bodies, and partners at Women's Health Goulburn North East.

The plan has been endorsed by our Gender Equality Action Group and Executive Leadership Team and will be delivered collaboratively across all levels of Council.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

16 Days of Activism is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls that runs from Friday 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to Saturday 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Mitchell Shire Council partners with local organisations each year to support the campaign.

For further information, please visit Safe and Equal or contact the Community Development Officer - Gender Equality, Health & Wellbeing at community.development@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au or call 03 5734 6200.

500 Stars for Mitchell Display

The One Billion Stars Project is a community project devised by Maryann Talia Pau, a weaver artist living on Quandamooka Country in Queensland.

The purpose of weaving stars is to continue nurturing global conversations on how to end violence using the joy and healing power of the arts and traditional crafts.

The initiative had an original goal of one million woven stars for the 2018 Commonwealth Games but received more than 2.4 million stars from over 15 countries.

In 2021 they aimed higher with the One Billion Stars Project bringing thousands of people together to weave one billion stars for violence-free communities by 2032.

In 2022 Mitchell Shire Council invited everyone to contribute to 500 Stars for Mitchell.

The 500 Stars for Mitchell display will be launched on Tuesday 6 December from 2pm to 3.30pm at Broadford Living and Learning Centre. A free afternoon tea will be provided. The display can be viewed until Wednesday 23 December.

For further information or help to get involved, please contact the Community Development and Youth Services team via email or call 5734 6200.

16 Days Speak Up Event

A Speak Up event will also be held to raise awareness about impacts of violence against women and children and supporting respectful relationships. The event is a partnership between the Northern Legal Community Centre and Mitchell Shire Council.

There will be a free dinner and activities including t-shirt and flowerpot painting. T-shirt painting will contribute to the global Clothesline Project initiative that has been running for 25 years.

The project uses a visual display of t-shirts on clotheslines to raise awareness about family violence. It’s a great way to create messages and images on t-shirts to support women and children who have experienced family violence.

The Speak Up event is on Wednesday 30 November from 4.30pm to 6pm at the Greater Beveridge Community Centre.

This page was last updated on 18 November 2022.