Melbourne is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria and the second-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 5 million people. Since 2018, Sally Capp has served as Lord Mayor.
The City of Melbourne is committed to ensuring that everyone in the municipality, regardless of their gender identity, has access to equal resources and opportunities and are treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.
lord mayor sally capp
How the City of Melbourne is bringing Gender Equity to life
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, including women, girls and gender diverse people.
the city’s commitment to Gender equality
City of Melbourne commits to ensuring that everyone in the Melbourne municipality, regardless of their gender identity, has access to equal resources and opportunities, and are treated with dignity, respect and fairness. City of Melbourne leads by example, ensuring that gender equality underpins all of Council’s planning, policies, service delivery and practices.
Achieving gender equality supports City of Melbourne’s aim that all forms of violence against women and girls and persons of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities are eliminated in the city’s public and private spaces. This Statement of Commitment establishes the expectation that gender equality is considered and prioritised in all current and future Council planning, policy, service delivery and practice.
City of Melbourne continues to:
- Undertake a thorough assessment to identify and address gaps and limitations within existing workplace policies, programs and services.
- Deliver professional development for all staff, executives and Councillors to drive and improve our corporate and community social responsibility practices.
- Ensure procurement principles and practices are consistent with, and actively support gender equality.
- Incorporate gender equality messages in corporate and online communications.
project night justice
Project Night Justice was a two-year project funded by the Victorian Government’s Building Safer Communities Program, and it aims to improve the safety and inclusion of women and gender-diverse people at night by working on a range of initiatives with late night venues.
gender equity action plan 2022-2025
The Gender Equality Action Plan 2022-2025 was developed under the Gender Equality Act 2020 and outlines key strategies and activities to continue to embed gender equality in the workplace.
Happy International Women’s Day!
In this 2023 series of presentations, representatives of Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Freetown, Melbourne, and Mexico City share their experiences promoting gender equity in their hometowns.
PiOC & Publica Share Best Practices to Tackle GBV in Cities
Our Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Working Group heard from Peace in Our Cities (PiOC)’s Rachel Locke and Bojan Francuz. We also heard from Publica’s Ellie Cosgrave.
Mainstreaming Gender in Urban Policy at the Cities Summit of the Americas
CHANGE hosted a panel discussion at the first ever Cities Summit of the Americas, in Denver, Colorado, USA. In a series of four fire-side chats, the mayors and urban policy experts explored i) the importance of including women in decision-making roles, ii) gender-based violence prevention, iii) the role of gender disaggregated data in informed policymaking, and iv) supporting caregivers.