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Melbourne Council plans to scrap male pedestrian crossing symbols

  • Brimbank Council in Melbourne asked for female ‘walk and don’t walk’ figures
  • The council hopes the female crossing figures will  ‘improve gender equality’ 
  • Comes after the installation of 10 female pedestrian lights in Melbourne last year

An Australian council has announced it plans to replace male pedestrian crossing symbols with female signs.

Brimbank Council in Melbourne has asked for female ‘walk and don’t walk’ figures at crossings in a move to ‘improve gender equality’.

Mayor Margaret Giudice told the Herald Sun the initiative would ‘show women and girls that they are important and valued in our community’.

Brimbank Council in Melbourne has asked for female ‘walk and don’t walk’ figures at crossings in a move to ‘improve gender equality’

An Australian council has announced it plans to replace male pedestrian crossing symbols with female signs

An Australian council has announced it plans to replace male pedestrian crossing symbols with female signs

‘We know that improving gender equity leads to very positive outcomes for organisations and for our community… research shows societies with greater gender equity have lower rates of violence towards women and children,’ she said.

The council has put forward Perth Ave and Ballarat Rd as the first crossing to get the new female lights.

The request will be submitted to VicRoads this week.

But Ratepayers Victoria vice president Frank Sullivan said the council was ‘out of touch’ and needs to address more pressing issues.

‘Councillors have got to realise what they are elected to do… they are completely out of touch and they’re moving into things that don’t concern them,’ he told the Herald Sun. 

The push comes after the installation of 10 female pedestrian lights in Melbourne’s city centre year. 

The push comes after the installation of 10 female pedestrian lights in Melbourne's city centre year

The push comes after the installation of 10 female pedestrian lights in Melbourne’s city centre year

 

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