2010 Year of Women in Local Government was designed to raise awareness and inform the local government sector on the value and contribution of all women elected, employed and involved in local government.
"A snail could crawl the entire length of the Great Wall of China in 212 years, just slightly longer than the 200 years it will take for women to be equally represented in Parliament”13 was the summation of the Equality and Human Rights Commission's annual report (United Kingdom)
Link to 2010 LGMA Pre-Challenge Task Outcomes Summary (represents a collation of key issues, challenges, recommendations and potential pathways for women in local government at http://www.lgma.org.au/downloads/File/PCT%20Final%20Summary%20Report.PDF
One project as a result of the 2010 Year of women in local Government is the
5050 Vision - Councils for Gender Equity Program
Women in Australia are under-represented in local government at senior levels. The current situation in Australia is that around one quarter of Councillors, one fifth of Mayors, one tenth of senior managers and one twelfth of CEOs in local government are women. (Women in Local Government Strategy 2009-2012).
The 5050Vision – Councils for Gender Equity Program is designed specifically to assist councils to identify and address gender equity issues both within their organisations and among their elected representatives and is designed to be accessed by all councils, regardless of their size, location and progress on gender equity.
Its primary goal is to increase participation of women in local government at both senior management and elected representative levels.
For further information onThe 50:50 Vision-a National Program for Gender Equity in Local Government go to http://www.5050vision.com.au