It's Time To Stand Up
The Wanderers have once again re-affirmed their support to ending violence against women.
Since the club's inception, the Western Sydney Wanderers have been proud supporters and advocates of White Ribbon and the incredible work that they do in the community.
Each season, the Red & Black dedicate one home match to acknowledging the work White Ribbon does society and this year the Wanderers White Ribbon match falls on White Ribbon Day, bringing together the whole Wanderers community to say 'no' and encouraging them to stand up, speak out and act.
White Ribbon are the world's largest movement of men and boys working together to end men's violence against women and girls, promoting gender equality to create a new vision of masculinity.
On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.
One in two women experience sexual harassment during their lifetime.
These shocking statistics are one of many that remind us of the systemic oppression women face and the impact that male violence against women has on the wider Australian community. It’s an issue that a affects everyone, especially in the region of Western Sydney.
Sport is a very important vehicle for spreading messages and implementing social change and the Wanderers, both in and outside, of match day are proud to be promoting gender equality in the Western Sydney community.
Together with White Ribbon, the Wanderers Hyundai A-League and West eld W-League teams have come together to produce "A Conversation" digital series where players have sat down and discussed life outside of football, the challenges they've faced during their careers and the importance of equality both in and out of sport.
The Red & Black have also brought gender equality issues to the forefront through Wanderers Jordan O'Doherty and Sydney Miramontez hosting a White Ribbon crossbar challenge that tests young people's perception of equality in the beautiful game.
In the community this week, the Wanderers have attended a number of events held by White Ribbon to re-affirm their stance of not accepting any forms of violence against women and push towards more of an equal world.
These events have been at local schools, local businesses and local communities throughout Western Sydney.
During the off-season, the Red & Black have also worked with a number of grassroots clubs to help host a White Ribbon match to raise valuable funds and start the conversation around the work White Ribbon do in the community.
Wanderers Hyundai A-League captain Brendan Hamill has also continued his role as a White Ribbon advocate this season, lending his voice to raising awareness and being a leader in the space to end violence towards women.
On Friday night, the players will be taking the White Ribbon oath before kick-o and it is an easy first step to committing to end men's violence against women.