From Hilltops Council – Alison Foreman

Written by: Deputy Mayor Alison Foreman

Deputy-Mayor-Alison-Foreman

March 8th marked International Women’s Day under the theme ‘Invest in women: Accelerate progress’.

This global day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day to recognise the progress that has been made towards gender equality and to empower women and girls around the world.

One area where women’s empowerment is particularly important is local government.

Women in local government play a crucial role in shaping policies and decisions that affect the lives of individuals and communities.

Women also bring a unique perspective, advocating for issues that may be over-looked in male dominated councils.

In NSW women make up approximately 38% of all local government representatives which shows a positive trend towards greater gender diversity in local government.

Research has shown that one of the main reasons women are hesitant to stand for election are concerns around political bullying and the affect it can have on the decision-making process and their well-being.

As more women take on a role in government, we can start to change this culture by supporting each other, calling out disrespectful behaviour and encouraging others to do the same.

Personally, I hope to serve as a role model and inspire other women to get involved in politics.

With the local government elections in September, now may be the time to ask yourself, what type of leadership you expect and deserve.

Alison Foreman

Picton Bros

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