Gender Equality Community Consultation

FIMO participated in a Gender Equality forum hosted by State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP with the Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson MP on the August 2, 2016.

A number of representatives from the community attended, including a member from a faith peak body, school Principal and several representing various roles within the social services sector.

A number of issues were raised and traversed including the impact of popular culture on children’s perception of gender roles; building the capacity of faith and cultural leaders to provide advice to the community that reflect Australian values; and exploring flexible employment opportunities for women. Ideas for tackling these issues were raised and recorded, with a focus on community education.

Forum Attendees

Judith Graley MP drew attention to the employment situation of women by stating “we know that the fight for equality is far from over and that far too many women are paid less than their male counterparts, do far more unpaid work and receive much less superannuation”.

Executive Officer of FIMO Revati Ilanko highlighted the work FIMO is currently undertaking through its ‘Train the Trainers’ program by ensuring that community and faith leaders are promoting positive attitudes within the community. Revati mentioned that “dialogue across all sectors of the community is crucial in identifying gaps in services and empowering individuals to act and talk about issues pertaining to gender equality and its advancement.”

Hon Fiona Richardson MP concluded that “Gender equality is not negotiable, and improves the lives of women and men, and the Victorian economy” and highlighted that community engagement was needed.