How We Got Started
The Gender Equity Blue Mountains project was formed to collaborate on local events, projects and awareness raising.
We are a collaborative group of four leading community organisations and interested locals.
To foster and promote community engagement on gender equity issues by, and between, members of the public, volunteer groups, community organisations, businesses and Council.
To develop a community of mutual support for people affected by gender inequity.
The Blue Mountains City Council supports Gender Equity Blue Mountains through coordination and promotion of local initiatives to achieve gender equity in our community.
Gender equity is achieved when a person’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities are not determined or influenced by their gender. All people regardless of gender are treated with equal status and value. In order to achieve this outcome, equity strategies may be implemented to redress systemic disadvantage. It is important to note that Australia’s responsibility to achieving gender equality is legislated in The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, which aims to improve and promote equity for both women and men in the workplace.
Gender equity is a critical human rights and social justice issue. A key focus proposed for gender equity work is to take action to reduce family and domestic violence in the Blue Mountains. Achieving gender equity is critical to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities and is a core principle of a fair, safe and inclusive community. Gender equity has immense social and cultural benefits and supports equal opportunities for all members of the community to contribute equally at home, the workplace, in decision making and wider.