Council has noted the Ba-gurrk Gender Equity Framework –
Foundational Implementation Plan 2019-2022, highlighting its continuing commitment
to equality and inclusiveness in the Greater Geelong region.
The implementation plan outlines what actions will
be taken over the next three years to contribute towards achieving gender
equality at the City of Greater Geelong and in the broader community.
Short, medium and long-term strategies based on the
themes of ‘Leadership’, ‘Organisational policies and procedures’ and ‘Community’
are outlined in the plan, including:
City of Greater Geelong employee uptake of flexible working arrangements and
women in non-traditional trades;
a gender mapping tool to capture community rates of discrimination and harassment
an internal working group to carry out the action plan and monitor its progress.
action plan is part of the City’s mission to prevent violence against women
through a whole of community approach, recognising that gender inequality is a
key driver of violence.
The Ba-gurrk Gender Equity Framework was adopted by council in February and identifies current
research, policy and community expectations to achieve gender equality. It is
based on consultation with community members, government and non-government
organisations, as well as City staff.
includes a focus on building community capacity for women to get elected to
council and aligns the City with the state government’s 2025 goal of achieving 50-50 representation of women
and men voted into local government.
is the Wadawurrung word for ‘Woman’ and has been used in the framework’s title
to recognise the region’s Wadawurrung traditional owners.
Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood
Our region is always striving to be a more fair and inclusive
community, as we work to change attitudes and behaviour that negatively impact
is a lot of work to do but this implementation plan is a step in the right
direction, towards a society with equality for all and without gender violence.
Councillor Sarah Mansfield, Chair, An Inclusive and Diverse Community portfolio
plan sets out some quite ambitious actions and aspirations to be achieved
during the next three years.
are some very positive aspects to the plan, in particular around promoting
gender equity in leadership roles, both in elected positions and within the
City of Greater Geelong organisation.
think it’s important that our council, as best as possible, reflects the
make-up of the community we represent, and at the moment it doesn’t quite
achieve this. There are so many women out there in Greater Geelong who have the
skills and knowledge to run for local government, but we need to offer them
more encouragement and support to put their names forward.
hope as councillors we can do our bit to support the success of this action