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Equality is the Game!

Published on 16 August 2017
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  • Community
  • Health and wellbeing
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Today Maroondah City Council, in partnership with Knox City Council, Yarra Ranges Council and Inspiro Community Health Service, launched a new video and online resource aimed at generating positive change in the region’s sporting realm.

Equality Is The Game! is a short film and online resource developed as part of a research project funded by the Victorian Government with assistance from Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV). The project involved the participation of nine local sporting clubs from different codes in Maroondah, Knox and Yarra Ranges.

The resource and short video can be used by sporting clubs to highlight how they can contribute to the prevention of violence against women, by creating safe, equal and respectful environments for all members, particularly women and girls.

Maroondah Mayor Councillor Tony Dib said the research indicated that the sporting culture was changing, but there was an opportunity to do more.

“The online resource outlines the practical actions sporting club committees can take to promote gender equality, and highlights the benefits for clubs in creating a more inclusive and welcoming environment,” Cr Dib said.

“The supporting Councils have already been working with local clubs and the response has been encouraging. We’ve highlighted some of the great work that is happening in our Council areas in the short film, which we hope will encourage other clubs from the region to take similar steps to initiate change” Cr Dib said.

“The short film shares stories from local clubs from different codes who have seen a change in their club culture as a result of actively supporting greater female participation,” Cr Dib said.

“In the film, club representatives share their experiences of participating in sporting clubs that promote gender equality; highlight what the benefits have been for their clubs and codes; and provide key messages for creating family friendly, inclusive and welcoming environments,” Cr Dib said.

“The film also provides an insight into how sporting clubs can help to prevent violence against women by challenging the attitudes, beliefs, roles and environments that support gender inequalities,” Cr Dib said.

“Females, like males, can contribute to sporting clubs in many ways - as players, supporters, coaches, umpires, committee members and volunteers. However, females remain under-represented in most sports, both on and off the field, in participation, media coverage and leadership positions,” Cr Dib said.

“Creating an environment where everyone feels equal and respected can help to build a club culture that is strong, united, inclusive, family friendly, supportive and representative 
of the local community,” Cr Dib said.

The video is available to view on the Our codes, our clubs page.

If you would like to find out more about the Our Codes, Our Clubs: Changing the Story to Promote Gender Equality Together Project contact Council on 1300 88 22 33 or email maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au 

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