A number of women aspiring to leadership have begun their journey to secure a role as councilor or mayor in the 2024 election.
On Saturday 20 August, Local Government Minister Melissa Horne welcomed the first 60 participants as part of the inaugural induction of the state government’s Women Leading Locally programme.
“This program will help break down the barriers many women face to run for leadership positions and give them the skills and confidence to run in local elections in 2024,” she said.
“Achieving gender equality in local government leadership will bring real benefits because when you have diversity in decision-making bodies, decisions will be made that better represent the needs of the community.”
Attendees engaged in networking activities and mentoring sessions, and also heard from Kat Henaway, Executive Director of Politics In Color, to discuss the importance of cultural diversity in politics.
Prepared with support from the Gender Equality Advisory Committee [GEAC]the program aims to achieve 50 percent representation among councilors and mayors by 2025.
Over a two-year period, 120 women would be supported through the program, while participants would also gain connections and tools to run as candidates in the next local elections.
The next round of the leadership program for the remaining 60 women is scheduled to begin in early 2023.