A number of women wishing to take on leadership roles have begun their journey to becoming councilors or mayors in the 2024 elections.
On Saturday, August 20, Local Government Minister Melissa Horne welcomed the first 60 participants in the first batch of the state government’s Women Leading Locally program.
“Achieving gender equality in local government leadership will bring real benefits because when you have diversity in decision-making bodies, decisions are made that better represent the needs of the community,” she said.
“This program will help break down the barriers that many women face in running for leadership positions and give them the skills and confidence to campaign in the 2024 local elections.”
Attendees took part in networking events, mentoring sessions and also heard Politics In Color’s Executive Director, Kat Henaway, discuss the importance of cultural diversity in politics.
Created with the support of the Gender Equality Advisory Committee [GEAC]the program aims to achieve 50% representation among councilors and mayors by 2025.
Delivered over two years, 120 women would be supported through the program, with participants also expected to gain connections and tools to campaign as candidates in the upcoming local elections.
The next leadership program cycle for the remaining 60 women is expected to begin in early 2023.