Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Minister for Women Fiona Richardson today joined a crowd of more than 100 for a conversation about women in sports.
Led by Football Federation Victoria, the event addressed the lack of gender equality in Victoria’s sporting sector, and the challenges that sportswomen continue to face.
Ms Richardson used the opportunity to address the inequality faced by female athletes, as well as highlighting the important work being undertaken by organisations like Football Federation Victoria.
The address comes during the Andrews Labor Government’s first ever Victoria Against Violence campaign – a 16-day, community-based, government-supported education and awareness initiative about family violence.
The campaign is timed to coincide with the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, commencing on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November 2015) and concluding on International Human Rights Day (10 December 2015).
Quotes attributable to Minister for Women Fiona Richardson
"Gender differences exist across all levels of Victoria’s sporting sector – as participants, coaches, administrators or board members."
"Unfortunately women are still facing an unlevel playing field. From a simple lack of recognition to the inequity in salary for our most elite female athletes, we need to be doing better."
"Equal participation and appreciation of women in all areas of society, including sport, is crucial to gender equality and to the prevention of family violence. Today is an opportunity to share ideas on how we can achieve greater equality for women in sport."
Reviewed 10 February 2021