The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has launched the “WomanCan Campaign”, an initiative aimed at encouraging more women to consider running for election in local government.
The launch of the campaign coincided with International Women’s Day, and aims to raise awareness of the October 2018 Local Government elections. WomenCan encourages women to nominate, promote the benefits of women in leadership roles and further women’s knowledge and understanding of the functions of Local Government.
President of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA), Alderman Deb Thurley and Mayor of City of Glenorchy Council Kristie launched the campaign, which also seeks to introduce mentors to potential candidates and to facilitate networking for like-minded women interested in participating in Local Government, explained Alderman Thurley.
“I am delighted to be part of the launch of the WomenCan Campaign as there are many benefits women bring to leadership roles, particularly when it comes to contributing to their communities,” Mayor Johnston said.
LGAT CEO Dr Katrena Stephenson said International Women’s Day was an important event focusing on empowering women worldwide and celebrating their achievements. “LGAT is proud to support ALGWA to launch the WomenCan Campaign on International Women’s Day.
Data on gender in Local Government in Tasmania tells us that 30% of Mayors and 28% of councillors are women and we would like to see these numbers grow significantly in the future”.