Baw Baw Shire council has endorsed their own Gender Action plan, a strategy that aims to prevent violence against women.
Baw Baw Shire’s Gender Action plan is an initiative that represents a two year project between council and Gippsland Women’s Health.
According to Baw Baw Shire Mayor, Joe Gauci, council works with several community partners to deliver community and workforce education, internal policy development, community awareness raising, events and advocacy to prevent the occurrence of domestic violence.
“(Baw Baw Shire council) strives to prevent violence against women before it occurs through encouraging gender respectful and equitable expectations and behaviours”, Cr Gauci said.
In a statement, Gippsland Women’s Health said they are pleased with the outcome of the action plan and were in regular consultation with council.
“We consulted broadly with (Baw Baw Shire) and identified a number of strategies (and associated actions) to assist Council in its endeavours to build a culture of respect within the organisation.”
Council has now developed an internal working group to discuss key initiatives in the Gender Equity Action plan including a commitment to gender equality, gender equity in the workplace and the establishment of the Paving the Way campaign.
“Council has also established an internal working group, with employees invited to participate in this very important initiative. The group had its first meeting on 2 May to discuss how it would progress key initiatives identified in the action plan (and importantly how it would communicate and engage the broader community).”
Council’s working group welcomes feedback from members of the community regarding the action plan.
For more information on action to prevent violence against women visit Make the Link (www.makethelink.org.au).