Let’s act to create a more equal world for women

International Women’s Day (IWD) this Sunday is a chance to celebrate women and recognise their achievements. Under the theme Each For Equal, celebrations this year aim to highlight that, individually, we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions and celebrate women’s achievements. While collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Councils across the country will be taking part in celebrating and supporting women by holding breakfasts, lunches, dinners, awards, panel discussions, tours, symposiums and sharing stories of the inspirational women across their communities.

Brimbank City Council Mayor, Cr Georgina Papafotiou, shared her council’s efforts to forge a more inclusive, gender-balanced world.

“Council has over the past decade adopted policy commitments to promote gender equality, and prevent family violence and violence against women,” Cr Papafotiou said.

“Council lives out its commitment to gender equality on a number of fronts – through advocating for change, partnering with government agencies and other organisations, and supporting those who are working for positive change in the community.

“In 2019, Council adopted the Fairness Equality and Respect Strategy (2019- 2023) which continues our work to deliver leadership programs for women with disabilities, community grants for initiatives to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women, and our work to support women and girls in sport.

“Council will continue working with communities to challenge stereotypes, break down gender barriers, change attitudes and improve gender equality for everyone.” Last-minute useful resources are available on the IWD website to help guide and support council activities.