The Local Government Association of South Australia has called for more female participation in the local government sector.
“We need strong female voices in public life” said LGA President Sue Clearihan. “Women bring a different perspective that leads to more balanced decision making.”
While women make up 51% of the community, they hold just 29% of positions on South Australian councils.
Councillor Clearihan said it’s important that men and women have an equal voice and opportunity to influence change in the community, and she is urging more women to consider nominating for election in the 2018 council elections.
“Grassroots politics has been the starting point for many influential leaders,” said Councillor Clearihan.
“While it shouldn’t be seen as just a stepping stone, local politics provides a challenging and rewarding environment in which councillors learn about a wide range of topics and acquire important skills.”
Councillor Clearihan said it’s not only important to see more women on councils, but also increased diversity from different cultural backgrounds.
“South Australia’s community is very diverse. Almost a third of our population was born overseas, with 17 percent of households speaking a language other than English at home. It’s important that public decision-making gives consideration to this diversity, and the best way to do that is to have representation from different societal groups on council.”
“I’d also love to see nominations from both Indigenous women and men from our communities.”