Coalition for Gender Equity

What is the Coalition?

The Greater Bendigo Coalition for Gender Equity was established in 2018 and is a diverse collective of 32 organisations and groups (as at May 2020). These public, private and community sector groups are dedicated to advancing gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. Coalition members collectively employ over 8,000 staff in Greater Bendigo and have direct and regular contact with the community through the delivery of programs, services and facilities.

The Coalition’s vision is to see:

‘A community where all people are respected, safe to participate in all aspects of community life and have equitable access to the resources they need to succeed in achieving their aspirations, whilst living in a community that is free from violence against women.’

What does the Coalition do?

The Coalition has developed a Gender Equity Strategy to guide their collective efforts in advancing gender equity in Greater Bendigo over the next five years. The strategy targets structural, relational and attitudinal change in its objectives and focuses on six settings in which to enact social change; workplaces, education, community, health, sport and recreation and emergency management. The Coalition will form an action group per setting and work alongside community members to drive social change in these settings.

Would you like to join an action group? Complete an Expression of Interest form to join an action group with Coalition members.

Who is in the Coalition?

The Coalition has a broad and extensive reach with 33 members organisation and groups (as at November 2020) in the public, private and community sector, employing over 8,000 staff in Greater Bendigo.

These member organisations and groups are: (listed A-Z)

AFL Central Victoria
Annie North Women’s Refuge
Belgravia Leisure
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank
Bendigo Community Health Service
Bendigo Health
Bendigo Interfaith Council
Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership
Bendigo Kangan Institute
CatholicCare Sandhurst
Centre against Sexual Assault Central Victoria
Centre for Non-Violence
City of Greater Bendigo
Coliban Water
Country Fire Authority
Department of Education and Training, Victoria
Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning, Victoria
Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria
Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation
Goldfields Library Corporation
Greater Bendigo against Family Violence Committee
La Trobe University, Bendigo
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services
Murray Primary Health Network (PHN)
North Central Catchment Management Authority
Parks Victoria
Sport and Recreation Victoria
Sports Focus
Victoria Police, Bendigo
Women’s Health Loddon Mallee
Zonta Bendigo

Who can join the Coalition?

The Coalition is dedicated to ensuring that its membership is inclusive and representative of the diverse community in Greater Bendigo.

The settings identified within the Gender Equity Strategy are reflective of the settings member organisations and groups have ready access to and influence in. The Coalition is keen to increase its representation in settings not yet identified in the strategy and invites expressions of interest from any organisations or groups who would like to join the Coalition.

Complete an Expression of Interest form to join the Greater Bendigo Coalition for Gender Equity.

Where can I find out more?

Coalition Leadership Statement

Coalition Gender Equity Strategy

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