Respect for All: Supporting a violence-free community

Each year, people worldwide take action to eliminate gender-based violence during the international 16 Days of Activism. Held from 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day.

Sports Focus is a proud member of the Greater Bendigo Against Family Violence committee and supports this campaign in our determination to promote gender equality and safe and welcoming environments in sporting clubs. Gender inequality has been identified as a key driver of family violence and violence against women, so sport gives us an incredible opportunity to work together to create environments that promote equality and support communities and individuals to break free of harmful stereotypes, to foster inclusivity across society.

Patty Kinnersley (CEO of Our Watch) stated during the Play By The Rules Think Tank – Violence Against Women, Community Sport’s Role in Prevention, it is important for us to support sporting clubs to recognise the key role they play in preventing violence against women. Sporting clubs are places where we see and interact with many people, your sporting club may be the one place that a woman, including young women, feel safe, like she could be herself.

It might be the one place where she feels where she sees healthy relationships between men and women being modelled. It might be where she’s encouraged to try things, take on different roles and just to be valued for who she is. It might also be the place where she chooses to reach out for help. So, there’s a lot to think about. For you and your club.

The 16 Days of Activism is a great opportunity for your club to send the message, support your community and take a stand against family violence.

If you would like some assistance in improving gender equality at your Club, please contact Sports Focus.