New gender council has local government in its sights

Australia’s first independent body committed to gender equality is set to partner with councils to help get more women into elected and executive roles.

The Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC), which launched this week, is Australia’s first independent national body supporting the achievement of gender equality through national campaigns based on research.

AGEC, which has a member network of more than 500,000 women and girls, including the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), will advocate for gender equality while developing research around the causes and impacts of inequality.

Coral Ross, who is president of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, has been elected deputy chair of AGEC.

She says that progress on women’s participation in councils is incredibly slow, and equality will be a long way off if swift action isn’t taken.