Does gender equity matter to you?
It does to us.
Gender equity is the tool used to achieve gender equality. Gender equity is the process of being fair to everyone, whether they are male, female or gender diverse. It recognises that the playing field is not always even and implements strategies and measures to ensure everybody can fully participate in community life the way they want to.
What are we doing to help achieve gender equity in Greater Bendigo?
We promote gender equity in the workplace
The City welcomes the Gender Equality Act which requires organisations within the Victorian public sector, including local councils, to demonstrate positive progress towards achieving gender equality in the workplace and in the community.
The City conducts workplace gender audits and staff surveys to assess its organisational performance against workplace gender equality indicators and then develops clear actions to improve its performance against these indicators over time through a Gender Equality Action Plan.
The City also looks to how it can promote gender equality in its policies, programs and services by conducting Gender Impact Assessments to assess how they impact different genders in different ways.
The City is also part of the Workplace Action Group within the Greater Bendigo Coalition for Gender Equity and works with other organisations to promote structural, relational and attitudinal change within the workplace towards gender equality.
We promote gender equity in the community
The City is a proud member of the Greater Bendigo Coalition for Gender Equity. The Coalition is a diverse collective of 35 organisations and groups (as at June 2021) in the public, private and community sector dedicated to advancing gender equity and preventing violence against women and children in Greater Bendigo. The City is a signatory to the Coalition’s Gender Equity Strategy which will guide the Coalition’s collective efforts in achieving positive social change over the next five years across six key settings; workplaces, education, community, health, sport and recreation and emergency management.
We promote women’s participation in local government
The City of Greater Bendigo is a signatory to the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter. The Charter recognises that decision making is strengthened through diversity. When decision making forums in the community are inclusive of different experiences and perspectives, everybody benefits.
The Charter recognises that women have historically been under-represented in local government and encourages local governments such as ours to work with the community to increase the number and level of participation of women in public life so that decision-making better represents the interests and needs of the community.
Did you know that gender inequality and violence against women are linked?
Gender inequality creates an environment in which violence against women is more likely to occur. There are four ways gender inequality is often expressed in a society which consistently predicts higher rates of violence against women. These are:
- Rigid gender roles and stereotypes
- Men’s control of decision making and limits to women’s independence
- Condoning, trivialising, excusing or minimising violence against women
- Disrespect towards women and male peer relations that emphasise aggression
The Greater Bendigo against Family Violence Committee has played an active role in the community in raising awareness and understanding of family violence since 2010. It coordinates a range of activities and events throughout the year including during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (November 25 – December 10).