Stand up, take action and be a champion for equality

Local sporting clubs and community groups will have the opportunity to learn how they can become champions for equality in the first ever Stand Up, Take Action Forum next month.

Hosted by Melton City Council, in partnership with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, the free online event will feature talks from experts and advocates including Rosie Batty AO, Australian of the Year and family violence advocate; Izzy Huntington, AFLW Western Bulldogs Player; Rana Hussain, Richmond Football Club Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator and Tarik Bayrakli, Club Respect Manager.

City of Melton Mayor Cr Kathy Majdlik said the event would be valuable to local sporting clubs and community groups alike.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to discover how equality can strengthen your club or group, and create a safer community for everyone,” Cr Majdlik said.

“We know many local clubs and groups are already doing wonderful work towards gender equality and we want to help ensure they can keep evolving in this space.

“The impact of gender issues and the prevalence of family violence may not always be obvious but our community is in a great position to inspire positive change. Everyone has a role to play in promoting gender equality and preventing family violence.”

Following the Stand Up, Take Action Forum, participants will be offered workshops and ‘take action’ packs to support their ongoing work to stand up and take action.

To book your place in the Stand Up, Take Action Forum, visit

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