The Central Coast Mariners are proud to announce their Community Partnership with White Ribbon Australia. White Ribbon give men the tools and support to be positive role models in their community, so that they can take action to prevent violence against women.
Leading into White Ribbon Day on Friday, 23 November 2018, the Mariners players, along with a group of young men from Wadalba Community School, took part in a White Ribbon Workshop. As part of the session players made a stand against domestic violence and took the pledge: “I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.”
Domestic violence is an issue that affects many women on the Central Coast. The Mariners aim to use sport and their influence in the community to help prevent further violence, disrespect and inequality. The statistics, are confronting:
- 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
- 1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15.
- On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.
During our next home game against Sydney FC on 1 December, there will be a number of activations and promotional activities promoting White Ribbon. This includes: bucket collections to raise money for awareness and support programs; White Ribbon merchandise on sale to show local support and opportunities to take the oath.
Liam Dooley, Executive Manager of Community Development & Sport at White Ribbon Australia spoke about the positive influence that sport can have on such an important issue.
“The Central Coast community is strongly committed to ending violence and disrespect towards women,” Mr Dooley said. “For many years the White Ribbon message has been driven through a range of community-led events and projects, and this exciting partnership will really amplify and support this important work for years to come.
“Sport in Australia is where many people develop the values they hold with them throughout their life. Sport clubs like the Central Coast Mariners are key drivers of change in the community and are vital in promoting respect and gender equality and putting a spotlight on the issue of men’s violence against women.
As part of the partnership, the Mariners and White Ribbon will drive a range of education initiatives, fan engagement and awareness events, which will mobilise the Central Coast community to stand up and speak out against violence against women.
“For over eight years the Central Coast Mariners have been champions of the White Ribbon movement. We are proud to formalise our relationship with the Mariners and to build on their long-term efforts to create a safer community for all women,” Mr. Dooley said.
To find out how you can further your support, head to http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/