fbpx The Women’s Charter | Bayside City Council Go to top of page

The Women’s Charter

Bayside City Council at its meeting held on 27 October 2015 reaffirmed its commitment to the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter and Statement of Commitment.

Council has also endorsed an Action Plan for the next twelve months to support the Charter.

Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter

Recognising the need for increased women’s participation in the key decision making forums in the community and in democratic governance, we, the local governments of Victoria, on behalf of our communities support the following principles:

Gender equity

That women and men have an equal right to be representatives in local government, committees and decision-making positions.


The inclusion of different experiences and perspectives in local governments and community decision-making strengthens local democratic governance and helps build cohesive communities.  Council and communities encourage and welcome the participation of all women.

Active citizenship

Local governments will work with the community to increase the numbers and participation of women in public life, so that decision making more clearly represents and reflects the interests and demographies of communities.

Statement of commitment

We will work towards increasing the representation of women in local government, both as elected members and as senior managers and professionals.  We will undertake ongoing reviews of policies and practices to remove barriers to women’s participation and to engender safe, supportive working and decision making environments that encourage and value a wide range of views.