Recognising the need for increased women’s participation in the key decision making forums in the community and in democratic governance, we, the local governments of Victoria, on behalf of our communities support the following principles:
That women and men have an equal right to be representatives in local governments, committees and decision-making positions.
The inclusion of different experiences and perspectives in local governments and community decision-making strengthens local democratic governance and helps build cohesive communities. Councils and communities encourage and welcome the participation of all women.
Local governments will work with the community to increase the numbers and participation of women in public life,so that decision-making more clearly represents and reflects the interests and demographies of communities.
Local governments, in their capacity as the governments closest to communities, are in a unique position to contribute to the global goal of gender equity for women.
This Charter is consistent with national and international protocols which highlight equal rights and opportunities as central to good local governance including:
- Declaration on the Role of Australian Local Government (1997)
- Worldwide Declaration on Women in Local Government (1998)
- Victorian Code of Good Governance (2000)
- National Framework for Women in Local Government (2001)
Council endorsed the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter at the ordinary meeting of council on 14 December 2015.