All-conquering Queens Park swapped their familiar black and white for orange as they threw their support behind the State Government’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign.
Five players from the unbeaten Women’s Premier Division champions joined Sport and Recreation Mininster Mick Murray, Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk and Football West CEO James Curtis at Parliament House to highlight the campaign.
16 Days in WA takes place from November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – to December 10, which is Human Rights Day.
The five Queens Park players wearing the campaign colours were Katarina Jukic, Tia Stonehill, Jaymee Gibbons, Jamie Duncanson and Sadie Lawrence.
“This campaign is important as it shines the spotlight on violence against gender and creates public awareness,” Gibbons said.
“It also helps to challenge governments and individuals and demands recognition locally, nationally and internationally as it is too often accepted as a normal behaviour.
“Hopefully this campaign can help empower women and girls around the world to stand up for their rights, act as a united team just like if they were in a sports teams like ourselves and help shape a better world and future.”
WA Ministers Simone McGurk and Mick Murray, right, and Football West CEO James Curtis, left
Minister Murray and Minister McGurk both emphasised the need for a holistic approach to the problem.
“Domestic violence is a community-wide issue that can only be solved with a community-wide approach,” Minister Murray said.
“Everyone needs to understand that they can have a role to play in promoting more respectful treatment for women in all areas of society.
“I want to thank the Queens Park girls for supporting the State Government in this campaign. When young role models like this stand up and say they won’t accept this kind of behaviour, it sets a strong example for other young women.”
Mr Curtis said: “Football West wanted to get right behind the State Government’s 16 Days in WA campaign, which highlights the very serious issue of violence against women.
“There is no place for it in any part of our community. We all have a role to play in ensuring violence against women does not go unchallenged.”