Respect and equality, on and off the pitch
For Day 4 of our 16 Days of activism blog series, Simone Pound, Head of Equality and Diversity at the PFA, shares why they are supporting our Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign.
The Professional Footballers Association (PFA) are working with Women’s Aid, White Ribbon Campaign and Rape Crisis to help address the issue of violence and sexual violence towards women with our members and the wider football community.
We are supporting Women’s Aid’s Football Against Domestic Violence campaign to show our commitment to tackling the issues facing women at all levels of society and highlighting the importance for men and women to speak out against abuse.
As the players union we have an on-going commitment to educate our membership on a range of issues that are relevant to them both on and off the-field of play. By tackling the issues around respectful relationships our aim is to ensure greater awareness and a level understanding around equality and respect. As our representation extends to our 1,000 female members it is important that they too receive these key messages.
We are proud of the work that goes on in the good name of football with over 40,000 community visits by players in 2014-15 and this will continue. We are sure the Football United Against Domestic Violence will be well received by all in the football community including importantly the clubs and fans.
Domestic abuse occurs across all social demographics and we condemn all forms of abuse, including those in same-sex relationships and where men are the victims. Through working with Women’s Aid, we want to give everyone the best information and links to support, and to raise wider awareness of the issue.
Respectful relationships are important for us all and we look forward to working with Women’s Aid throughout this important campaign.
With Women’s Aid, we are today asking everyone to join us and sign the Football United supporter pledge:
I stand proudly with Football United Against Domestic Violence to speak out:
► against all forms of domestic violence
► against sexist attitudes towards women and girls
► for healthy relationships for young people
► for positive role models in the footballing community
Football United Against Domestic Violence is a campaign by Women’s Aid where we are working with the football community to unite players, clubs, and fans at all levels of the game against behaviour and attitudes that underpin domestic violence. We are using the positive power of football to provide a platform for fans and those involved in the game to show that abusive behaviour towards partners and families is never acceptable.
We are trying to achieve:
Motivation– encouraging people (men and women) to take action now, signpost to help and create public awareness.
Education – to achieve long-term change through working with young people and working with clubs to develop workplace policies and deliver training
About the author
Simone Pound, Head of Equality and Diversity at the PFA. Learn more about their work