Have your say: Council’s new Gender Equality Strategy

Published on 22 August 2019

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22 August 2019

Mornington Peninsula Shire is inviting public feedback on our draft Gender Equality Strategy, aimed at improving gender equality and reducing violence against women and their children - within the Shire’s workforce, the community and through design and delivery of Shire’s services and programs.

From 2017 – 2018, Victoria Police reported 1,867 family violence incidents on the Peninsula, highlighting the immediate need to address the issue and take action on the prevention of violence in our community.

Over the last six months, we’ve been talking extensively to our community about what gender equality means to you and how inequality has impacted your lives.

Alarmingly, 68% of the people we heard from didn’t feel that all men and women are respected equally in our community.

62% also identified gender inequality as one of the main causes of violence against women.

We’ve combined this feedback with recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence and results from our review of the Shire’s 2015-2018 Prevention of Family Violence Implementation Plan, to inform a new Gender Equality Strategy. 

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “Council is committed to making the Peninsula a safe place for our community to live, free from violence.

“The Shire plays a pivotal role in the primary prevention space, as recommended in the 2015 Royal Commission into Family Violence and supports local services with early intervention and response.

“Violence against women and their children is preventable if we all work together to address the impact of gender inequality”, concluded Cr Gill.

Chairperson of the Mornington Peninsula Health and Wellbeing Committee and Seawinds Councillor Antonella Celi said, “the Shire through its Statement of Commitment for the Prevention of Family Violence, has affirmed its leadership role on this important issue in the prevention of family violence within our community”.

“The Draft Gender Equality strategy has a primary prevention approach, this means stopping violence before it occurs using the OurWatch National Framework and is another important step towards highlighting the importance of equal opportunity for all women, men and children in our society”, concluded Cr Celi.

In 2015, the Royal Commission into Family Violence concluded that ‘Family violence is a gendered crime’ and that ending violence against women requires addressing gender inequality in all its forms – in the workplace, school yards, on television screens and on sporting fields.

The Gender Equality Strategy has strategies and objectives that sit under key settings for action, these include:

  • Work and Economic Security
  • Education and Training
  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Leadership and Representation
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Media, Arts and Culture

The Strategy will also be supported by an annual action plan.

Read more about Our Watch at ourwatch.org.au

HOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY

Online
Read the draft plan and provide your feedback online at mornpen.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay or mornpen.vic.gov.au/genderequality

Documents will also be available to read in hard copy at the Shire’s offices in Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings.

Email
Email your submission with the subject line “Draft Gender Equality Strategy” to: haveyoursay@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Post
Attention: Social Planning & Community Development
Re: Draft Gender Equality Strategy
Mornington Peninsula Shire
Private Bag 1000, Rosebud VIC 3939

Community consultation closes 5pm 16 September 2019.