Equality, inclusion and respect for women in Greater Geelong
The purpose of the WiCLAC is to provide advice to Council on matters relating to women’s participation, representation and leadership in community life. Establishment of the committee strengthens Councils commitment to the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter, which was endorsed by City of Greater Geelong Council in 2010.
The charter identifies support of three principles:
Three key themes
These key themes frame the work of and relate to the Terms of Reference of the committee.
Such work provides direction for how the WiCLAC will work towards achieving the overall mission.
WiCLAC works within each of these key themes and is driven by a commitment to gender equality for women of all ages.
To advocate across the Geelong region for women to be actively involved in decision making processes that deliver relevant, responsive and inclusive outcomes.
The WiCLAC will seek to:
Encourage participation in leadership and decision making committees and processes
Support participation in community groups and networks
Provide comment and feedback on Council protocols and strategies
Promote transparent and inclusive decision making practices
Give advice and referral as appropriate
2. Education and training
To promote opportunities for women to undertake training, leadership and volunteering.
The WiCLAC will seek to:
Highlight and address barriers to participation in education, training and employment
Advocate for opportunities to volunteering in the local community
Encourage and promote opportunities for leadership development in the community and within organisations and workplaces
Provide training opportunities for women on committees/ boards
3. Raising awareness
Explore opportunities for the WiCLAC to link with, support and promote activities, events and campaigns that align with its purpose.
Such activities include:
Celebrating successes, milestones and events
Promote events, campaigns and activities
Acknowledge the successes of local women in leadership
For women of all ages, backgrounds and communities
Recognise and promote best practice in gender equality
Network with appropriate agencies and community groups
Promote, support and /or partner with events, campaigns and activities
Jane Wager - Coordinator, Community Development, City of Greater Geelong
Justine Devonport (YWCA Victoria)
Antonia Halloran - Lavelle (Zena Women’s Services)
Christine Couzens (Geelong Trades Hall)
Professor Shurlee Swain
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce AC CVO
Heidi Waterson - Community Development Officer, City of Greater Geelong
Jan Farrell - Chairperson, Women in Community Life Advisory Committee
Jenny Mc Mahon - General Manager Community Services, City of Greater Geelong
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The Women in Community Life Advisory Committee can be contacted by: