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ACHIEVEMENT: Women are participating in government as equals in all respects, and are permitted equal practical opportunities to be selected for public office.

TARGET DATE: November 2004 PROGRESS: Some.

DESCRIPTION: Women face many direct and indirect barriers to equal involvement in government. The goal of identifying women's application in local government is to increase our awareness of the opportunities available by facilitating fair access to women to political involvement and to reduce the barriers likely to limit their participation.

The Victorian Greens encourage women's participation in government. Eight of Victoria's fourteen Green Councillors are women, with many more expected to be elected in 2008. Yarra City Councillors Deborah Di Natale and Jenny Farrar, and Maribyrnong Councillors Colleen Hartland and Janet Rice led the way in proving the capacity and competence of Green Councillors, with Greater Bendigo Cr. Julie Rivendell, Moreland Crs. Andrea Sharam and Jo Connellan, Whitehorse Cr. Helen Harris and Yarra Ranges Cr Samantha Dunn now joining the ever growing ranks of Victorian Green Councillors.

There are many reasons why women are under-represented in government, though lack of ability is not one of them. For those interested in encouraging greater participation of women in local government, the Women's Participation in Local Government Coalition (WPILGC) provides useful information and encouragement to be involved. The WPILGC website is available by clicking on the underlined title.

The Women's Participation in Local Government Coalition is supported by Victoria's two peak local government organisations, the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA) and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), who are working to achieve gender equity in local governments through membership of and support for the WPILGC. This non-party Coalition of 9 key Victorian women's, community and local government organisations was formed in 1996 to work towards the equal participation of women and men in local governments in Victoria. Participating organisations include the Australian Local Government Women's Association (ALGWA), Ladies of the Action League (LOCAL), Local Government Professionals Inc. (LGPro), Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA), Victorian Women's Trust (VWT), Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL), Women's Planning Network Inc., and the YWCA.

FURTHER INFORMATION: The Women's Participation in Local Government Coalition (WPILGC) provides useful information and encouragement to be involved. The WPILGC website is available by clicking on the underlined title.


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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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