Brimbank council is set to amend its Social Justice Charter to better reflect the voices of women from different backgrounds, abilities and ages.
At last month’s meeting, Cr Victoria Borg tabled a notice of motion requesting that the council acknowledge the importance of hearing from the voices of minority women.
“Minority women face many barriers to taking on leadership roles – including lack of role models,” Cr Borg said.
“These women share many qualities that contribute to a unique leadership perspective, including resilience, courage and people skills.
“Their voices would strengthen the charter and provide a gender lens on equity and inclusion.”
The charter was launched in 2008 as a response to high levels of disadvantage, inequality and social exclusion in Brimbank. It was updated in 2012 and is due for a new review.
Brimbank mayor Margaret Giudice said it was imperative the charter adapted to current issues and remained relevant.
“It is important that we revisit this charter to ensure it remains relevant to shifting and emerging issues in our community,” she said.
The review of the charter will be conducted in the next four months, with a draft update expected to be released for public comment by April next year.