SPORTSWOMEN FOR CHANGE USING FOOTBALL TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND INCLUSION

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DIARY DATE: Thursday 15th March 2018

TIME: 9.30AM-1.30PM

VENUE: Valentine Sports Park, Meurants Lane, Glenwood

Football United, Football NSW and the Lebanese Muslim Association, create chances for girls to Be Inspired, Connect and Play during Female Football Week and International Women’s Day 2018

To celebrate Female Football Week and International Women’s Day, Football United will hold a girl’s football festival for over 150 girls on Thursday 15th March, in partnership with Football New South Wales, the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR), The Lebanese Muslim Association (GoActive) and Sydney FC. Participants will join from Blacktown, Liverpool, Fairfield, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Lakemba.

Founding Director of Football United, Dr Anne Bunde-Birouste highlights the importance of such an event to provide equitable opportunities for female participants, “we are delighted to provide an opportunity for hundreds of girls with an interest in sport (especially football) to connect with girls from different communities, participate in teambuilding games and football games, and be inspired by role models from the various organisations involved”

The Female Football Week gala day is one of many activities organised by Football United between March 13-17. Football United Program Manager Assmaah Helal said “This year’s Female Football Week celebrations will recognise the important role women play in enhancing the game for all. This event is part of a week-long ‘Sportswomen for Change Leadership Forum’ bringing together women from Arab nations to connect with Australian women who use sport to drive positive social change in their respective communities.” Delegates will support the delivery of a multicultural girls’ gala day at the state of the art facilities at Valentine Sportspark.

Program Manager of The Lebanese Muslim Association, Reuben Brand said, “The Lebanese Muslim Association are thrilled to be a major sponsor of the Sportswomen for Change Forum. As an organisation we actively work on programs to inspire, empower and connect young women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and marginalised communities. We are proud to be working alongside those who continue to promote the physical, social and mental wellbeing of women from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.”

Women and Girls Development Manager at Football NSW, Jo Fernandes, stated “We are delighted to support Football United’s Multicultural Girls Gala Day. To see so many girls experiencing the enjoyment and friendships that football can offer will be a great sight to see this Thursday at Valentine Sports Park. The Sportswomen for Change Leadership Forum is also an important initiative, and we have some delegates attending from the football community to connect with the international guests”.

Fernandes is no stranger to football international relations being the first ever female appointed by FIFA to be a General Coordinator at a men’s World Cup. “It is an honour to be appointed for the World Cup in Russia this year and I will certainly relish the opportunity to work at the highest-level football event. I have much experience working in many different countries and with various cultural communities, so Football United’s work in connecting cultures is certainly one that I can identify with and fully support” Fernandes concluded.

ABOUT THE FORUM

The 5-day residential women in sports leadership forum will be held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence providing an opportunity for positive cross-cultural exchange and a unique learning environment facilitated by experts in leadership, football and sports for social change. This forum is supported by the Commonwealth through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Council for Australian-Arab Relations, and our key partners The Lebanese Muslim Association (GoActive), and Football New South Wales. Delegates will support the delivery of a multicultural girls’ gala day at the state of the art facilities at Valentine Sportspark, celebrating Female Football Week; participate in an evening discussion forum hosted by Moya Dodd and Gilbert+Tobin lawyers; and take part in the A-League Harmony Round flag march supported by Sydney FC and the Australian Federal Police.

Interview opportunities will be available with Football United team members and the Sportswomen for Change Leadership forum delegates.

Contact:

Assmaah Helal

Program Manager, Football United

assmaah.helal@footballunited.org.au

0415 893 776