Raise Your Hand - Helping Achieve Non-Discriminatory Diversity

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Raise Your Hand - Helping Achieve Non-Discriminatory Diversity

Posted on: 10.05.2016

Seminar for Potential Women Councillors

Wednesday 11 May 2016 Council Foyer 6.30pm

In a move to boost diversity amongst the number of people standing for public office at the next Local Government election, Wollondilly Shire Council will hold 2 information seminars, with the first targeting potential women councillors.

Mayor, Cr Simon Landow, said: “I would encourage any female who is thinking of running for council to attend this workshop; women make great councillors and community representatives”

The seminar will include a presentation on “Getting Women Elected” by Cr Hannan and Cr Terry with the support of Ally Dench – Executive Director. The seminar will focus on a guide to understanding Local government, campaigning, getting elected and what resources are available to do this. A Question & Answer session with panel members consisting of women with experience in local government and networking opportunities are also on the seminar agenda.

Cr Hannan said: “The statistics for women in Local Government are stark – there are significant gender equity issues that need to be addressed. Equality does not occur spontaneously – it takes hard work by committed women and men to establish gender balanced policies, opportunities and conditions for our workplaces and our community.”

New South Wales and Tasmania have the lowest proportion of female elected representatives however the statistics demonstrate that if women put their hand up and stand for election they are more likely to be elected.

 “What we need are more women who are willing to stand for election and the seminar is designed to encourage this to happen as women bring a different perspective which is valuable”, Cr Hannan said.

The first of two Information Seminars for potential candidates will be held on Wednesday 11 May 2016, 6.30pm, in the Foyer area of the Council Administration Building. For more information and booking either email council@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au or phone Toni Spence on 4677 9507.