25 Nov 21

Power to End Violence Against Women

Reynella East College has had a long standing relationship with the Port Adelaide Football Club, with the club annually delivering their Power to End Violence Against Women program to our Year 10 male cohort, which they did in Week 5 this term. As role models within the community, the club is passionate about educating our young people about the important role they have in making a stand against violence against women.

Facilitators Cam and Will, both former AFL players and current members of the Port Adelaide Magpies, guided the students through a presentation with workbook activities that highlighted the statistics of female violence in Australia, using scenarios to dispel myths and offer education about how young people can identify behaviours of power imbalance and be active citizens in society through becoming assertive bystanders, by calling out inappropriate comments or sexist jokes as not OK and becoming positive role models. They also acknowledge that males are not the only perpetrators of violence and that whilst their program is delivered to young men they hope that their message will be heard throughout all the student cohort.

Port Adelaide have taken on feedback that there is a need for a program for young females in schools and they have recently secured funding to recommence their Empower program (formerly known as Girl Power) to be delivered in schools in 2022. This coincides with the club’s planning for the introduction of an AFLW team into the league in 2023.

Karen Pearce
Student Wellbeing Leader