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Pacific Local Governments say YES to Gender Equity and Respect
For the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, CLGF Pacific has launched an awareness campaign with local governments across the Pacific. The campaign encourages women and men local government leaders and professionals to take ‘selfies’ to publically demonstrate and reflect the councils aspirations for a community where violence against women no longer exists, and where gender equity flourishes. The campaign also aims to raise awareness about local government’s role as a key partner in the prevention of violence against women, and in achieving gender equity.
During a recent twinning visit between Honiara City Council and Guadalcanal Provincial Government in the Solomon Islands and Maribyrnong City Council in Australia, representatives started off the campaign with CLGF staff. The primary purpose of the visit was to facilitate the sharing of good practice, experiences and skills in gender analysis to improve council policies, programs and service delivery. In December, Buka Urban Council in Bougainville will also be traveling to Whittlesea City Council in Australia.
CLGF is also working with the Honiara City Council and Buka Urban Council to develop general statements in relation to the prevention of violence against women, the promotion of respectful relationships between men and women and the promotion of gender equity. The statements will be used in a variety of public settings, including sporting facilities, schools and council assets and through a variety of mediums including posters, banners, bumper stickers and social media. The statements will support existing and future work, providing an additional strategy to the current efforts of the council’s to support gender equity.
Join the campaign and post your ‘selfies’ (like the ones below) with your message on our Pacific Women in Local Government facebook page with the hashtag #LG4Gender or send them in to email@example.com with your name and Council details.