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Maribyrnong City Council joins the FLOW Program
Maribyrnong City Council has been selected amongst councils throughout Australia to be part of a program aimed at increasing gender equity in the Pacific Islands.
The Pacific FLOW Program, run by Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) and funded by the International Women’s Development Agency, aims to increase women’s representation in civil and political leadership across Fiji, Solomon Islands and Bougainville and PNG in order to drive gender equality.
The Program has funded representatives from Maribyrnong City Council to visit a Pacific partner, as well as hosting representatives from those countries. Activities will include providing support to individual councils to incorporate gender into their policies, programs and service delivery using a ‘Centres of Excellence for Gender Equality in Local Government’ approach. The program also aims to strengthen the leadership capacity of women elected to and working within the local government sector through training, networking and mentoring opportunities.
Project Lead Lynley Dumble, Council’s Manager of Community Development, said the council was selected due to their strong track record of supporting local governments and women’s organisations across the world. “Council has been developing initiatives responding to gender equity issues for a number of years, including the Equity Guide for Local Government, which is used as a reference by Councils across the state to inform their organisations’ strategies,” she added.
The City of Maribyrnong has a long history and continues to be recognised as one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse municipalities in Victoria. The municipality is home to over 74,000 residents representing over 80 language groups from over 135 different countries of birth.