With the support of Rugby Australia, Tasmanian Rugby employees and board members have recently completed workshops with Our Watch, an organisation which has been established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.
Tasmanian Rugby board member, Ebony Altimira, attended an Our Watch stakeholder consultation in Hobart with other Tasmanian Sports and Community Organisations, and Pathways & Development Manager Caitlin Ryan attended a two-day Practitioner Workshop in Sydney to be trained to deliver courses to the local rugby community.
Director of Coaching, Luke Burgess has also previously attended Our Watch practitioner training.
‘There is so much we can all be doing in this space and awareness plays a huge role! It’s fantastic to see so many organisations working together to promote gender equality and it’s exciting to see what the future holds’ board member Ebony said following the consultation session in Hobart.
Tasmanian Rugby employee Caitlin backed this up stating that "everyone in the Tasmanian Rugby community has the power to help prevent violence against women, by supporting women’s equality in the sport by encouraging girls and women to play, and supporting them to take up leadership positions within their clubs.
"Tasmanian Rugby is committed to becoming the first Rugby Union in the country with full gender equity in all aspects of the game, and our work with Our Watch is helping us do that."
Tasmanian Rugby will be developing presentations on respectful relationships and prevention of violence against women to be delivered to our junior State Team players and to local clubs at their request.
More information on the great work that Our Watch does can be found here
‘A Team Effort: Preventing Violence Against Women Through Sport’ Evidence guide can be found here
To request a presentation by Tasmanian Rugby employees please contact us