How the City of Melbourne is bringing Gender Equity to life.
Considered one of the most livable cities in the world, Melbourne is celebrated for its restaurants, culture, sports and universities. In order to deliver its promise of “endless possibilities” to all residents, city officials created a number of policies and plans that seek to make Melbourne equitable for all, especially women, girls, and gender diverse people.
Through the city’s Inclusive Melbourne Strategy, Gender Equality Action Plan and Women’s Safety and Empowerment Action Plan, the City of Melbourne is working with communities and cross-sector stakeholders to advance and localize the Gender Equality Act of 2020.
For example, under Theme 1 of the Women’s Safety and Empowerment Action Plan, “Advancing Women and Gender Diverse People’s Leadership and Participation in the Economic, Social and Civic Life Across the Municipality”, local officials are creating place names to celebrate notable women who have impacted Melbourne, piloting free period care products in public facilities and working with the private sector to question and address toxic gender norms in different sectors.
In another theme “Promoting the Safety of Women and Gender Diverse People in our Communities and Public Spaces”, the city is working to address safety concerns in different places around town. The “women who walk” project brings walking groups to parks to discuss how these green spaces can be more accessible and welcoming for female residents. And “Project Night Justice” is a campaign to help make Melbourne’s streets safer after dark.
The action plan also aims to “Engage Men and Boys to Shift Unhealthy Norms of Masculinity and Condoning of Violence”, by educating boys and men to treat others with respect and care. The City of Melbourne also brings in other actors under its final theme “Achieving Sustainable Primary Prevention for our Municipality” by working with local community groups to develop their own gender equity programs.
Listen in as Nancy Pierorazio, Senior Policy Officer Diversity and Equality in Melbourne, introduces her city’s Inclusive Strategy and Women’s Empowerment Plan at the 2022 CHANGE Annual Summit.