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MEDIA RELEASE - Council demonstrates its commitment to gender equity

12 December 2018

Glenelg Shire Council has shown its commitment to achieving gender equity, unveiling its first ever organisational Gender Equity and Inclusion Plan.

Council’s Draft Gender Equity and Inclusion Plan, 2018–2021, was endorsed at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting, providing a framework of key priorities for achieving equity and inclusion in the workplace.

The plan identifies short, medium and long term actions for council over the next three years to achieve greater equity in the workplace through policies, process, training, awareness initiatives and day-to-day business operations.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the plan was an important first step to achieving social change.

“As a key organisation within our community, council is committed to developing strategies for achieving gender equity and inclusion, a model which could be transferred to our local business communities,” she said.

“The Draft Gender Equity and Inclusion Plan has been developed in reference to a number of key state policies such as the Free from violence - Victoria's strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women, Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy; and The Royal Commission into Family Violence, Report and recommendations.

“It is a comprehensive document which implemented over the next three years will see council offer advocacy, leadership and partnerships and provide more inclusive practices for our workforce and the community. It is council’s mission to support all employees to excel and achieve to their potential, irrespective of gender identity - gender equity benefits everyone.

“We hope that this plan will inspire other local organisations and businesses to implement their own strategies to achieve greater gender equity and ultimately help contribute to the prevention of family violence.”

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