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Creating Communities of Equality and Respect

The Creating Communities of Equality and Respect: Women’s Safety and Empowerment Action Plan was developed in consultation with City of Melbourne leaders, practice leaders in the prevention sector, community and business leaders and other stakeholders on opportunities for our external-facing work.

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​​​While prevalent and serious, violence against women is not inevitable and all of us can take action to prevent violence.

This Action Plan focusses on how to:

  • transform the deep underlying causes of violence against women so that violence against women doesn’t occur in the first place, and
  • target and disrupt the drivers of violence against women. This approach is known as primary prevention.

The four broad themes contained in our plan are:

  1. Advance women and gender diverse people’s leadership and participation in economic, social and civic life across the municipality
  2. Promote the safety of women and gender diverse people in our communities and public spaces 
  3. Engage men and boys to shift unhealthy norms of masculinity and condoning of violence 
  4. Achieve sustainable primary prevention for our municipality. 

This Action Plan is dedicated to our external-facing work with communities and sits alongside the newly enacted Gender Equality Act 2020 requiring all local councils to take positive action towards achieving workplace gender equality, and to consider and promote gender equality in policies, programs and services that interface with communities.

our acknowledgement

  • Torres Strait Islander Flag
  • Aboriginal People Flag

The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 


We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.