Kingston championing women and girls in leadership

Published on 22 May 2024

Junior Mayor Alexandra Shewan, Deputy Mayor Tracey Davies, Deputy Junior Mayor Vanessa Comarmond and Mayor Jenna Davey-Burns.

After the election of our first female Mayor and Deputy Mayor team, Kingston is continuing to champion women and girls in leadership.

The importance of representation and role models was a key aspect of a recent get together between Mayor Jenna Davey-Burns and Deputy Mayor Tracey Davies and Junior Mayor Alexandra Shewan and Deputy Junior Mayor Vanessa Comarmond.

It was also an opportunity for Councillors Davey-Burns and Davies to pass on the whole of Council’s thanks to Alexandra and Vanessa for their hard work and that of the entire Junior Council over the past year. A new Junior Council is set to be elected on Thursday 23 May.

This includes representing the community at key events and functions including citizenship ceremonies, official openings and much more.

Mayor Davey-Burns said representation really matters now more than ever.

“The horrendous scourge of gender-based violence and the health challenges being faced by women, people who identify as women, and girls across the globe are just two of the many issues that need strong, passionate and informed leadership,” Cr Davey-Burns said.

“Girls and young women deserve to have strong role models and opportunities to take up leadership roles in their schools, clubs, workplaces, local councils and at the other levels of government.

“Alexandra and Vanessa are great leaders, even at their young ages, and we are just so proud of what has been achieved through the over 60 years of our Junior Mayor Program.”

Both Alexandra and Vanessa said being involved in the Junior Council had really boosted their confidence. “The roles have really changed our lives and taught us so much and we both want to inspire others,” they said.

Cr Davies said women have been historically underrepresented in political leadership, but change is happening.  

“You can’t be what you can’t see. So, I hope we’re positive role models to women and girls of all ages, cultures, and abilities,” Cr Davies said.

The next Council elections are being held in October and an opportunity to achieve gender parity. Kingston is proud to be partnering with the Municipal Association of Victoria to deliver a program of candidate information sessions, including one solely focussed on women.

“Women deserve to be at the decision making table. Despite the many barriers faced, together, we can drive equity for all women,” Cr Davey-Burns said.

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