Orange Round is a Gippsland wide initiative to encourage community sporting clubs to take a stand and help raise awareness about the incidence and impacts of sexual assault, family violence and violence against women and children in our community.
The concept of the Gippsland Orange Round arose from the United Nations International Orange Day; an Initiative which aims to raise awareness about Violence against Women and Girls on the 25th day of any month, inspiring anyone in the world to organise an event/s to work towards reducing violence against women and girls.
The initiative has been running since 2015 and is a collaborative partnership between Gippsland Centre against Sexual Assault (GCASA), AFL Gippsland, Gippsport, Gippsland Women’s Health and Netball Victoria.
Since its inception there has been significant research, policy change and government investment into the prevention of violence against women within Australia. With the release of a national framework “Change the change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia” Orange Round adapted to gear it’s focus on addressing the gendered drivers of violence and in recent years has paid particular focus to providing education and awareness around building sporting clubs that are safe, respectful and gender equitable.
With no local football, netball or soccer competitions running this year, and the corresponding absence of the Orange Round, GippSport would like to instead acknowledge the previous work that has been done, over the past five years, to make the Orange Round an annual event on the sporting calendar.
Over the coming months, we will be posting information about how the Orange Round started, what it is all about, and how your sporting club can be involved.
Please click on the video below to access a short video where you can find out more about the Orange Round journey, in Gippsland, and how you can start conversations of gender equality and respect at your sporting club.
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