Heidelberg United celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

International Women's Day

Since its inception in 1911, International Women’s Day (March 8) has become a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

How will you #BreakTheBias for #IWD2022 and beyond?

At Heidelberg United we are proud to be one of the earlier clubs in Victoria to start a women’s program in 1978, but the imbalance in Victorian Football is still a challenge.

In 2019 (the last time we had a full year of participation data), only 21% of outdoor football players were female – that’s 15,691 female players compared to 60,292 male players.  The percentage is not as high when it comes to coaches (2,601 registered coaches) where only 10% are female. For referees (1,421 registered referees) only 11% are female.

What can we all do to support women in our beautiful game and provide equitable opportunities and environments?  With the Women’s World Cup being hosted in Australia and New Zealand next year we have a real opportunity to support and promote women in football.

This year we are celebrating International Women’s Day at the club tomorrow in front of the canteen from 6pm and will be selling purple cupcakes, donuts, drinks and scrunchies.  All proceeds will go to our Female Coach Mentoring Program so we can support young women on their coaching journey.

The canteen will also be open selling drinks and a fantastic home cooked lasagna meal with salad and chips for $25.

We will also be asking everyone to pledge something they will do to Break the Bias.

So come down and support us and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women in football.

#IWD2022 #BreakTheBias