Women in Community Life Advisory Committee

Our Women in Community Life Advisory (WiCLAC) Committee was established to advise Council on matters relating to women's participation, representation and leadership in community life.


Equality, inclusion and respect for women in Greater Geelong.


The purpose of WiCLAC is to provide advice to Council on matters relating to women’s participation, representation and leadership in community life.

The Ba-gurrk Gender Equity Framework for the Greater Geelong Region, endorsed by Council in February 2019, informs the direction of WiCLAC. The committee also strengthens Council's commitment to the Victorian Local Government Women’s Charter, which was endorsed by Council in 2010.

The charter identifies support of three principles:

  1. Gender Equity

  2. Diversity

  3. Active Citizenship

Three key themes

1. Advocacy

To advocate across the Geelong region for women to be actively involved in decision making that delivers relevant, responsive and inclusive outcomes.

WiCLAC will seek to:

  • Encourage participation in leadership and decision making committees and processes

  • Support participation in community groups and networks

  • Provide comment and feedback on Council protocols and strategies

  • Promote transparent and inclusive decision making practices

  • Give advice and referral as appropriate.

2. Education and training

To promote opportunities for women to undertake training, leadership and volunteering.

WiCLAC will seek to:

  • Highlight and address barriers to participation in education, training and employment

  • Advocate for opportunities to volunteer in the local community

  • Encourage and promote opportunities for leadership development in the community and within organisations and workplaces

  • Provide and support the development of training opportunities for women on committees/boards.

3. Raising awareness

To explore opportunities for WiCLAC to link with, support and promote activities, events and campaigns for women of all ages, backgrounds and communities, that align with its purpose.

WiCLAC will seek to:

  • Celebrate successes, milestones and events

  • Promote events, campaigns and activities

  • Acknowledge the successes of local women in leadership

  • Recognise and promote best practice in gender equality

  • Network with appropriate agencies and community groups

  • Promote, support and /or partner with events, campaigns and activities.

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The Women in Community Life Advisory Committee can be contacted by:

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: facebook.com/womenincommunitylife

Page last updated: Thursday, 3 March 2022