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 will be launched at the 2020 International Women's Day event and then development of an action plan will commence.

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

 

 

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.

This event is now booked out.

 In 2019, we caught up with a diverse range of awesome local girls making it happen on the Peninsula. View the video below.