Women Leading Locally

This program is an initiative of the Victorian Government delivered by the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) in partnership with Women for Election.

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Women Leading Locally

Supporting women to become community leaders

Women Leading Locally Fellowships

The Women Leading Locally program aims to increase the representation of women councillors and mayors in Victoria by supporting 125 women from 31 target municipalities through two Community Leadership and Local Governance fellowships.

The program welcomes the involvement of women from all ages and backgrounds – Young Women, First Nations women, women who live with disability, women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and LGBTQI+ women are especially encouraged to apply. The key requirement is that you have a passion for your local community.

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From 6 March 2023 until 14 April 2023, we are accepting applications for the 2023 Women Leading Locally Fellowships.

The fellowship provides a unique opportunity to be supported into local government by skilled facilitators who want you to succeed and know what you need to get to the finish line.

The fellowship will build a pathway for participants to stand for local government elections through a combination of face-to-face peer support events and online workshops spanning campaigning, leadership and governance. Speciality content and mentoring will be provided by Women for Election, a non-partisan not-for-profit with a mission to inspire and equip more women to run for public office, and other key partners.

Program design and delivery is informed by input from a specially convened reference group comprising women from diverse backgrounds who understand the barriers placed before many women aspiring to public office.

On completion of the program, participants will be awarded a ‘Women Leading Locally – Community Leader Fellowship’, a new designation accredited by the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA). Those who complete the eight compulsory fellowship units will also receive an ICDA ‘Certificate in Community Leadership and Governance (Local Government)’.

The program is designed to inspire, equip and sustain women to become - and remain -successful local representatives for their communities.

Fellows from the 2022 and 2023 cohorts will be encouraged to form a strong alumni, offering mutual friendship and support to keep up the pace all the way to the 2024 local government elections.

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