Family violence - gender equity

We recognise the power imbalance of gender and the impact that this inequity can have on the safety, health and wellbeing and economic life of our residents. It is evident that gender equality is crucial to ending violence against women and children.

Since 2013 The City of Greater Geelong has directed significant resources on developing strategies and actions that improve gender equality.

The work has led to the development of the first gender equity framework ‘Ba-gurrk: A GenderEquity Framework for the City of Greater Geelong', the first of its kind for our region.

The Framework addresses gender equity as a governance, community and organisational issue and will provide a guide to develop, implement and monitor actions. It aims to eliminate barriers and acknowledge and celebrate the crucial role that women and girls play in our economy and our community, and the importance of working together to create an equitable future for all.

As of 31 March 2021, The City of Greater Geelong will be obligated under the State Government Gender Equality Act to ensure that gender equity is mainstreamed into its policies, processes and services enabling an intersectional approach to the way the organisation does business.

Intersectionality is a framework for understanding how aspects of a person’s social and political identity such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and so on combine to create unique modes of discrimination.

We are committed to dismantling all forms of discrimination to design and implement equitable services that enhance people’s sense of belonging, wellbeing and prosperity.

Gender equity and gender equality

Gender equity recognises that people of different genders have different life experiences, levels of power and access to decision-making, therefore different approaches are needed to provide equitable outcomes for all. To ensure fairness, strategies and measures are needed to compensate for historical and social disadvantages that prevent women and men from otherwise operating on a ‘level playing field.’ Equity needs to occur before we can enjoy equality.

Gender equity entails the provision of fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits and responsibilities on the basis of gender. The concept recognises that people may have different needs and power related to their gender and that these differences should be identified and addressed in a manner that rectifies gender related imbalances.

Gender equality is the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women, men and trans and gender diverse people. Equality does not mean that women, men and trans and gender diverse people will become the same, rather their rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on their gender.

Evidence shows that gender inequality impacts all aspects of our lives in powerful ways, from economic and political structures and institutions such as government, law, religion, media, and family, to community norms and organisational practices, and personal and intimate relationships.

Our commitment


  • established a Women in Community Life Advisory Committee to the City in 2013
  • host the Annual International Women’s Day Awards for Geelong
  • co-hosted and designed workshops that engage and encourage women to run for Council
  • created social equity policy roles in the Healthy Communities Department; Prevention of Violence against Women and the Gender Equity Policy Officers.
  • adopted recommendations from the Royal Commission Into Family Violence 2016
  • provide training for staff in ‘understanding and responding to family violence’, ‘gender equity and unconscious bias’
  • initiated staff supports and policies on Family Violence
  • provide a package of support information for all staff
  • facilitated the Annual Barwon Month of Action including Reclaim the Night for the past six years
  • co-hosted events with others services to look at Gender Equality in Sporting Clubs
  • produced the No to Violence fold up wallet size resource cards – for the Barwon Region
  • initiated a Statement of Commitment to end Family Violence with 23 Geelong large employers in 2017
  • set up internal senior staff working groups to identity and implement actions to support staff and community around family violence and gender equality
  • endorsed the Ba-gurrk Gender Equity Framework and Implementation Plans.
  • in preparation for The Gender Equality Act, trialled a Gender Impact Analysis (GIA) Tool so that councils can apply an intersectional gender lens to their business
  • hosted a number of women’s series events and functions, with guest speakers and gender equity topics.

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Page last updated: Friday, 3 July 2020