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Fair Ground: The power of sport to create safety and inclusion

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To mark 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, we’re shining a spotlight on the power of sports to be a space of inclusion and safety for all in Moonee Valley. 

Everyone deserves to feel they are safe and welcome in any space they enter. This extends to our community sports spaces. We share a vision of increasing the participation and genuine inclusion of girls, women and gender diverse people in Moonee Valley sports.

Join Moonee Valley City Council, cohealth, Change Our Game ambassadors, Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, sports inclusion advocates, local sports clubs, and members of the Moonee Valley Family Violence Network for an evening of food, connection, learning, and work-shopping how we can make visions a reality!

Join us at Djerring Flemington Hub for:

  • Panel discussion with sporting champions and inclusion advocates from Women with Disabilities Victoria, Proud 2 Play and Change Our Game!
  • Information on the new Fair Access Roadmap
  • Presentation on the powerful link between sports settings, gender equality and violence prevention
  • Networking and work-shopping together on priorities and possibilities for future action
  • Food!

‘Fair Ground’ is part of a series of events promoting and raising awareness of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence. The 16 Days of Activism starts on the 25th November the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on the 10th December, International Human Rights Day. 

Moonee Valley City Council is a funding recipient of Respect Victoria's 2023 16 Days Grassroots Initiative. We thank Respect Victoria for their generous support of this event. 

If you have any concerns about violence in your life, please know that you are not alone and help is available.

If you are in immediate danger, call 000 for police and ambulance

If you are not in immediate danger, you can reach out to these organisations:

1800 Respect is a national 24/7 hotline operated by trained counsellors for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Please call 1800 737 732.

Safe Steps helps people in Victoria who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing family violence. Call 1800 015 188 to contact them at any time, or you could try their live web chat service available 9am till midnight, Monday to Friday.

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence, and families who need extra support with the care of children. Visit The Orange Door website to find which of their fifteen locations across Victoria is closest to you.
Click here to easily search Safe and Equal for more services to meet your specific needs, such as Djirra for Aboriginal women, and InTouch for women of migrant and refugee backgrounds.

If you are using violence in your relationships, help is available to stop.

Consider reaching out to No to Violence if you have concerns about your behaviour. Respectful relationships support is also available from Relationships Australia, who you can reach on 1300 364 277. If you’re a man, you could also try the confidential Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491, available 24/7.

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