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Women’s petition now available for signing

The 2001 Women’s Petition is now available for signing throughout Victoria

By Latrobe City Council - 28th March 2001 - Back to News

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The 2001 Women’s Petition is now available for signing throughout Victoria at Council offices, public libraries, maternal and child health centres, senior citizen centres and numerous other venues.

Latrobe City Councillor, Lisa Proctor, said that all of the five issues Latrobe women had identified as in most need of addressing at the 1 March public meeting at Kernot Hall, were included in the State petition.

"It seems that the problems identified by women here in Latrobe are similar to the problems being faced by women all over the Victoria and as such the ‘Women Shaping the Nation’ steering committee has included them all as part of the petition to be presented to the Victorian Parliament in May," Cr Proctor said.

The 2001 Women’s Petition calls on the Victorian Government to deliver for and with Victorian women and communities:

  • Equal representation of women in all areas and levels of decision making.
  • A plan ensuring safety for women and children in the home, workplace and the community.
  • Economic independence and security for all women, genuine equal pay for equal work, fair and family friendly working conditions and access to quality child care.
  • High quality, life long and affordable education relevant to the diverse needs of all girls and women.
  • An accessible, well-funded community based public health network which includes specific services for women and girls.
  • Environmental sustainability to improve and protect the quality of our air, land and water.
  • Presentations of women in the media and advertising which are positive and non-exploitative.
  • A society where caring and unpaid work are valued and shared.

Cr Proctor said that the Women's Petition 2001 celebrated the achievements of women in Victoria since Federation and addressed the issues of the new century.

"It was developed by over 2000 women throughout Victoria as part of the Centenary of Federation celebrations, commemorating the petition calling for women’s suffrage in 1891. Women contributed their issues for inclusion in the 2001 petition at 128 workshops held throughout Victoria in February and March this year," Cr Proctor explained.

"All ages were represented, workshops were conducted in schools, local community halls and Senior Citizen Centres. They took place in metropolitan Melbourne, regional cities, and numerous Victorian towns," Cr Proctor said.

Cr Proctor said that it was important that those signing the petition understood that the petition had to be hand signed by individual Victorian citizens, and faxed or emailed petitions or signatures were not admissible.

"Citizens may only sign the petition once. Those people signing must be Victorian citizens, but they can be women or men of any age. The closing date for signing is Tuesday 24 April," Cr Proctor added.


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