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. 

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 2021 

The Mornington Peninsula Shire invites everyone to celebrate International Women's Day 2021.

This year's theme is #choosetochallenge.

Find out more and tell us how you will choose to challenge.

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)


Mornington Peninsula Communities 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 ‘Mornington Peninsula Communities Creating Change’ project which aims to engage community 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, The Men's Project to deliver a series of training and education opportunities for community members 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.

Register here to join us for the Launch event ‘Unpacking The Man Box’ to be held on 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