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Council Action on Women’s Health
Northern region councils are stepping up their support for women’s health, following a campaign led by WHIN in collaboration with other women’s health organisations across Victoria for councils to commit to the Safe, Well and Connected: Victorian Local Government Action Plan for Women's Health 2008–2012.
Yarra and Darebin Councils have now voted to establish women’s committees to promote leadership on issues affecting the wellbeing of women such as domestic violence; single parenting; depression, drug and alcohol dependence; lower incomes and poverty. These committees are an important undertaking WHIN has been lobbying for and would like to see in other areas.
Yarra Council has formally noted the contribution of WHIN, the Yarra Family Violence Network and Sexual Violence Taskforce to achieving positive outcomes for women, and has committed to participating in the Northern Region Family Violence Network and the Local Government Women’s Roundtable Forum for a northern region strategy to prevent violence against women.
Kudos to Whittlesea and Yarra Councils who have agreed to sponsor council and community members to attend the 6th National Women’s Health Conference to be held in Tasmania from 18–21 May, and to Yarra Council for planning a new annual awards ceremony this year to recognize the contribution of women in their municipality and to mark the Year of Women in Local Government 2010.
Whittlesea Council has also formally adopted the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter to increase support for programs that emphasise the principles of gender equity, diversity and active citizenship for women. Thank you to Councillor Sam Alessi for moving this motion, and to Cr Alessi and Cr Kris Pavlidis for informing WHIN of Whittlesea Council’s vote.
Check out if your local Councillors signed on to Safe, Well and Connected during the 2008 elections.