Plan to im­prove gen­der equal­ity

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Four Wim­mera coun­cils have re­ceived State Gov­ern­ment money to help im­prove gen­der equal­ity.

Hor­sham Ru­ral City, West Wim­mera, Hind­marsh and Yar­ri­ambi­ack coun­cils have joined forces for a col­lec­tive com­mu­nity gen­der-equal­ity pro­ject.

The coun­cils won fund­ing for the pro­ject through a Free from Vi­o­lence lo­cal gov­ern­ment grants scheme.

Hor­sham coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­nil Bhalla said the 12-month pro­ject would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for greater com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in plan­ning and de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses.

“This pro­ject will lead the au­dit­ing and re­view of Hor­sham Ru­ral City Coun­cil and part­ner­ing coun­cils’ com­mu­nity-en­gage­ment pro­cesses, in­clud­ing coun­cil com­mit­tees, to iden­tify broader com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” he said.

“Wim­mera coun­cils are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing and strength­en­ing com­mu­nity en­gage­ment so all of our com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly women and girls, can par­tic­i­pate.

“It is im­por­tant we all work to­gether to in­crease aware­ness and de­velop a greater un­der­stand­ing in com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of how gen­der in­equal­ity can lead to vi­o­lence against women.”

Mr Bhalla said pre­vent­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence was a key part of the Hor­sham coun­cil’s health and well­be­ing pol­icy.

“We recog­nise men and women have dif­fer­ent ac­cess to re­sources, power, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and life ex­pe­ri­ences,” he said.

“There­fore, dif­fer­ent strate­gies and en­gage­ment meth­ods are nec­es­sary to achieve eq­ui­table out­comes for all our com­mu­nity.”

The Gen­der Eq­uity in Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment pro­ject is funded via the State Gov­ern­ment’s De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.

It builds on the coun­cil in­volve­ment in a CORE, Com­mu­ni­ties of Re­spect and Equal­ity, al­liance.

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