From November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, through to December 10, International Human Rights Day, Netball Australia, the Australian Rugby Union, the AFL and NRL will join with Our Watch for the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.
During these 16 days, the major Australian sporting codes will use their platform to raise awareness of violence against women and children around the world and how we can all contribute to a more respectful environment in the home, workplace and on the sporting field. Positive elements and values within sport, such as participation and “fair play” can extend to the promotion of respectful relationships, gender equality, inclusion and non-violence.
As the largest female team participation sport in Australia, netball is in a unique position to empower women with the skills to build respectful relationships and create positive environments in their netball Clubs and Associations as a key strategy to prevent violence against women.
While more women are participating in sport than ever before, barriers still exist including harassment, negative stereotypes and access to opportunities. Australian Diamonds’ and Netball Australia’s Our Watch ambassador Caitlin Thwaites recalls comments made while growing up, ‘I wish you were a guy, you could play AFL. It was such a negative term opposed to embracing the fact that I am good at sport, I’m a female and that’s awesome.’
Caity will join Netball Australia staff throughout the 16 days to help spread the word that there’s #NoExcuse4Violence by attending various events including the 1800 RESPECT morning tea, the Governor of Victoria’s White Ribbon Breakfast Reception, Netball Victoria’s White Ribbon Day morning tea, and by taking a selfie using #NoExcuse4Violence.
You too can take part and raise awareness by taking a selfie with the messages #NoExcuse4Violence on your hand or on a card and uploading to social media using #NoExcuse4Violence, and make sure you follow our campaign on social media throughout the 16 days.
To learn more about how you can promote fair, inclusive and respectful behaviours and attitudes both on and off the court, you can complete Netball Australia’s “Expect Respect” eLearning modules via Netball Australia’s eLearning platform. The modules are tailored to three key audiences, including youth, young adults and community to increase the understanding of the behaviours and characteristics of healthy relationships, highlight warning signs, encourage supportive environments and increase self-esteem.
If you, a child, or another person needs a sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit their website for 24/7 phone and online services.
For more info:
Expect Respect – Netball Australia’s free online courses that address the importance of respectful relationships, taking a proactive approach towards addressing violence against women across Australian communities.
1800 RESPECT – the national sexual assault and family violence counselling service.
Australian Human Rights Commission – Human rights: everyone, everywhere, everyday
Make the Link – Make the Link encourages people to understand the foundations of men’s violence against women and to specifically highlight the importance of gender equality and the importance of addressing gender inequality to end men’s violence against women.