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​$1million available to sporting codes to prevent violence against women and their children

April 02 2015 By Hannah Grant, Media Relations Officer, Our Watch

Grants are now available for sporting codes to prevent violence against women and their children through the Our Watch Sports Engagement Program, its Chief Executive Officer, Paul Linossier, said today.

The first initiative of the Sports Engagement Program is the National Sporting Organisations Initiative, funded through the Australian Government’s $1million Sports Grants Bank.

Through the initiative, Our Watch will grant four sporting organisations up to $250,000 to facilitate violence prevention activities in the sporting community.

“Our Watch wants to build the capacity of sporting codes to take action to prevent violence against women and their children. Through our National Sporting Organisations Initiative we are seeking to partner with national sporting codes to drive innovative work in this area,” said Mr Linossier.

Mr Linossier said that grants to the successful codes will be provided for a three year period.

“Funded organisations will be expected to provide a substantial financial and/or in kind contribution to ensure the success of the initiative, which will also be considered as an indication and practical demonstration of their commitment to this work,” he said.

Through this initiative, Our Watch will assist sporting codes to embed gender equality and respectful relationships into their networks and communities.  

“Evidence shows that people who support gender inequality and sexism are more likely hold attitudes that condone or excuse violence against women, therefore it is fitting we challenge these attitudes in settings where we can have maximum reach, such as the sporting community”.

“Positive elements and values within sport, such as participation and ‘fair play’ can extend to the promotion of respectful relationships, gender equity, inclusion and non-violence,” said Mr Linossier. 

The role of sport in contributing to the prevention of violence against women and their children has long been acknowledged by governments, the community and by sporting organisations themselves. 

“Sporting clubs and organisations bring together large numbers of people and are a ready-made environment that promote women’s participation and opportunities, and that eliminate gender-based discrimination and violence-supportive attitudes,” said Patty Kinnersly, Our Watch Director, Practice Leadership.

Our Watch will seek contributions from state governments, philanthropic organisations and the corporate sector to contribute to the future development of the Sports Grants Bank. 

Expressions of interest are due by 4 May 2015, with successful organisations announced in July 2015.                                   

The expression of interest should be signed by the Chief Executive of the applicant organisation and emailed to sports@ourwatch.org.au with the subject line ‘Attn: Patty Kinnersly. National Sporting Organisations Initiative: EOI Submission’ by 5pm (AEST) 4 May 2015.

Visit Sports Engagement Program for more information.

Media contact

For enquiries or further information: Hannah Grant, Our Watch, mobile 0448 844 930, email Hannah.Grant@ourwatch.org.au

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:
“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000”

About Our Watch 

Our Watch’s (previously the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children) purpose is to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.
Our Watch was conceived of and brought into existence in 2013 by the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of Victoria. The Northern Territory and South Australian governments have also since become members of the organisation.
Our Watch’s work derives from the government’s commitment to the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 and gives expression to many of the activities in the Second Action Plan 2013–2016 – Moving Ahead.