Clubs across Gippsland will attend forums to look at equal opportunities for women and girls in grass roots sport.  This is a key initiative of the Gippsland Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Strategy

Guest Speaker Phil Cleary will highlight the importance of clubs involvement in working towards gender equality

Sports forums aimed at preventing violence against women will call for clubs to look at how they can work towards gender equality at the grass roots level of sport.  With the Australian Football League (AFL) demonstrating their support for women to be included at all levels in the game of football it is timely that all sporting clubs across Gippsland are provided with the opportunity to do the same.

“Approximately one woman a week is murdered in Australia by their partner or former partner and community support to break the cycle of violence is integral in preventing this crime from occurring. These forums will provide tools, resources and practical ideas for becoming involved in prevention work.” Ms Corbell said.

Ms Corbell said that the very foundation of men’s violence against women is the unequal distribution of power and resources between men and women at all levels of society. Sexism is part of the problem as it forms a blockade against respectful and equal relationships between men and women.

Phil Cleary has been involved in addressing men’s violence against women over many years and he will be presenting on why it is important that sporting communities take on this issue. Phil will talk about how his local club is making change to work towards gender equality.

“Coaching staff and club officials are best placed to keep an eye on how the club is portraying men and women, boys and girls within their sport. They are the key to making important change to ensure men and women are valued equally throughout the club.” Ms Corbell said.

Forums will be held on 16 April 2014 (Bairnsdale), 17 April 2014 (Sale), 23 April 2014 (Drouin), 24 April 2014 (Traralgon) and 30 April 2014 (Inverloch).

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Contact: Dawn Martin 5142 3483 or for more information.