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Break the Bias

On 8th March we celebrate International Women’s Day - a global day that acknowledges the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.  

This year, the theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias, putting the focus on dismantling stereotypes and fighting discrimination against women. 

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

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Women Safety Charter

Today the Commission, celebrates two years since the Women’s Safety Charter was established. 

The Charter brings together business, local and state government, peak groups and not for profits, to take collective action to improve the safety of women and girls in our cities. 

We believe that by working together to build safer cities for women and girls, we can ultimately build safer cities for everyone. 

Our passionate network of almost 100 participants have developed some great initiative to make our cities safer. Watch these two short videos to hear more.



Charter participant initiatives - part 1

With AECOM, Cultural Diversity Network Inc., UTS, Transport for NSW.

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Charter participants initiatives - part 2

With Western Sydney Women, Astrolabe Group, Cred Consulting, Mott MacDonald, Georges River Council.

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Looking ahead 

As we reflect on our first two years of the Charter, we are very proud of what’s been achieved so far. Over the next 12 months we will continue to collaborate with existing and new partners and commit to: 

  1. Growing Charter membership across a variety of sectors and industries to deliver meaningful change  

  1. Working closely with foundation partners and Charter participants to drive, support and champion initiatives that will shift the thinking, attitudes and behaviours around women’s safety. 

  1. Embedding women’s safety in our strategic planning, precinct and placemaking work 

Some of our Charter participants have shared their plans to enhance women's safety in our cities.

Watch this video to hear more.



2022 Goals

With AECOM, Cultural Diversity Network Inc., Little B.I.G. Foundation, Lendlease, Crossley Transport Planning, GovPartners, Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce, Western Sydney Women, Astrolabe Group, Cred Consulting, Mott MacDonald, Transport for NSW.

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In Conversation: building a more inclusive future

At the Commission, we plan our cities to be vibrant, flourishing global metropolises - prosperous, equitable, healthy, sustainable and liveable.   Our values of inclusion and collaboration inspire us to be bold and visionary in our thinking, to listen intently, to challenge the status quo, and create meaningful partnerships and connections so that everyone can have better lives.  Our vision for the region is informed by the diversity of people who call it home. Our diversity is our great strength, and it is essential that all the communities who call this region home are reflected in our planning and feel a strong sense of belonging in our cities. 

Wendy Were talks to senior leaders at the Commission to exchange ideas on gender equity, inclusion, women in leadership and how our Women’s Safety Charter is striving to create a city that is safer for everyone. 



Allyship, diversity, belonging and privilege


  • Annie Parker, Executive Director Tech Central
  • Liz Dibbs, Western City District Commissioner
  • Liza Noonan, Executive Director Westmead Health and Innovation District
  • Natalie Walker, Social Commissioner
  • Wendy Were, Executive Director Thought Leadership and Engagement

Breaking the Bias, safety culture and a city for everyone


  • Deborah Prospero, Youth Panel Member Eastern City District
  • Elizabeth Mildwater, Chief Executive Officer
  • Jenny Rudolph, Executive Director Greater Sydney Region Plan
  • Meg McDonald, Environment Commissioner
  • Wendy Were, Executive Director Thought Leadership and Engagement