The City is proving successful in achieving the aims of International Women's Day which celebrated its 100th anniversary last Tuesday, 8 March 2011.
Women occupy key leadership positions on Council and within the organisation. Half the elected Councillors are women; along with 36 percent of Directors and 37 percent of senior managers.
Other achievements in the last year include:
- paid parental leave, including 18 weeks maternity leave;
- the opening of the Chippendale Child Care Centre;
- creation of a Parents' Room at Town Hall House for breastfeeding mothers; and,
- launch of the Parents' Page, an online service for City staff which provides comprehensive information on parenting provisions.
The City has also operated a 'Women in Leadership' program to enable and support women taking leadership position in the organisation. An external evaluation found that there were significant outcomes for women who had participated over the last three years, with 63 percent either gaining a promotion or have other opportunities to gain wider experience.