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Gender equality in the spotlight at youth event in Kilmore

13 October 2017

An all-inclusive event at Kilmore’s Hudson Park is set to shine a light on gender equality.

The Mitchell Youth Council, in partnership with Mitchell Youth Services, are hosting the RAGE event on Saturday 21 October from 11am-4pm.

RAGE stands for Rural Australians for Gender Equality, with the event set to celebrate people from rural and regional areas highlighting gender equality.

The all-ages, free event will include an AFL Women's match being shown on the big screen, outdoor bean bags and food trucks.

At half time of the match, a guest panel will speak including:
• AFL Women's Collingwood Captain Steph Chiocci
• Social commentator Clementine Ford
• Diamond Creek VFL Women's Coach Scott Gowans.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the event was a fantastic idea.

“Events like this which promote gender equality and break down those gender barriers are fantastic and are one of many ways we can help create a welcoming community for everyone,” Cr Sanderson.

"I commend the Youth Council for the initiative and look forward to hearing the different perspectives the speakers will bring."

Mitchell Youth Council Mayor Audrey Flannery encouraged people of all ages to head along.

“While this event has been driven by the Mitchell Youth Council, we really want to see people of all ages come along and get involved,” Ms Flannery said.

“It will be a fun day and we expect some really insightful discussion from our wonderful panel of guest speakers.”

Cr Sanderson said the event aligned with many of the key priorities set out in Council’s draft Social Justice Framework, which is open to public feedback until Thursday (19 October).

“Council has a key role to play in creating socially just, inclusive and sustainable communities, and we want to work with our communities to create a great quality of life,” Cr Sanderson said.

“One of the key priorities of our draft Social Justice Framework is Gender Equity, with Council committed to ensuring our community is actively supported to access and enjoy the same rights, resources and opportunities, regardless of their gender.”

The event has been funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) through its ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants Program.

For more information, please contact Council’s youth services team on (03) 5734 6200 or email youth@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.