Gender Equality

Did you know that gender inequality is one of the key drivers of violence against women and their children?

The Shire has a long-standing commitment to working in partnership to address the gendered drivers of violence against women and their children in our community by supporting efforts in:

  • Challenging condoning of violence against women
  • Promoting women’s independence and decision-making
  • Challenging gender stereotypes and roles
  • Strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships

 The Shire has a Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2030 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. 

Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2030

In 2019 Mornington Peninsula Shire invited public feedback on the draft Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2030. The Strategy provides a framework for delivery of the Shire’s policy and actions 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.

The Strategy has a primary prevention approach, this means stopping violence before it occurs using the OurWatch National Framework.

You can also view the OurWatch ‘Change the Story’ video here.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire heard from community members, staff and key stakeholders about their views and ideas on gender equality though a series of workshops, feedback postcards, a survey and the review of the previous Prevention of Family Violence Implementation Plan. The consultation along with evidence has shaped the development of the draft Gender Equality Strategy.

The draft Strategy was available via public exhibition for a period of four weeks from Monday 19 August to Monday 16 September 2019.   

After the public exhibition stage the draft Strategy was presented to Council for endorsement in November 2019. The Gender Equality Strategy was launched at the 2020 International Women's Day event in March and an action plan for Year One has been developed.

Download: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2030 Summary Document(PDF, 2MB)

Download: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2030(PDF, 1MB)

Download: Gender Equality Strategy Accessible Word Document(DOCX, 46KB)

Download: Gender Equality Strategy - Year One Annual Action Plan(PDF, 547KB)


International Women's Day

Each year the Shire holds an International Women's Day event to celebrate the achievements of women in our workplace and across the Peninsula. 

International Women's Day 2020 

The Mornington Peninsula Shire invites everyone to celebrate International Women's Day 2020.

Be inspired by guest speakers Natasha Stott Despoja AO and Rosie Batty AO.  Also support the launch of the Shire's first Gender Equality Strategy aimed to prevent violence against women and their children.  Help us celebrate the achievements of women in our workplace and in our community.

Monday 2nd March 2020, 1pm (arrive 12.30pm) to 3pm.  Mornington Racecourse, 320 Racecourse Road Mornington.  Children Welcome.  Afternoon Tea provided.

Peninsula Men & Boys Creating Change

Mornington Peninsula Shire is proud to announce VicHealth funding of $120,000 over two years to advance gender equality and improve health and wellbeing of men, boys and broader community by addressing outdated masculine stereotypes.  

Research shows that the pressure on men to follow outdated stereotypes of masculinity is contributing to their anxiety, depression, risky drinking and violence against women. 

In partnership with specialist family services provider, Family Life, the Shire will deliver the ‘Peninsula Men and Boys Creating Change’ project which aims to engage and empower men and boys across the Peninsula to help raise awareness of how rigid gender roles hold men back from living healthy, happy lives.

To help achieve this, the Shire and Family Life will work with Jesuit Social Services to deliver a series of training and education opportunities for Peninsula men and boys and the broader community who wish to become allies, mobilising them to  support others within the local community to challenge unhealthy gender stereotypes and break the stigma around men’s mental health.

Training will be based on the Jesuit Social Services ‘The Man Box’ study which reveals young Australian men freed from outdated gender stereotypes enjoy better physical and mental health.

Save the Date – Launch event ‘Unpacking The Man Box’ will be held Wednesday 24th March 2021, 6.30-8pm online webinar.

For more information about the project, contact Rosie Silva Project Coordinator on 0429 864 693 or