Cat shares her experiences in Grace Papers live coaching session

Exploring the role that sport can play in making positive change for gender equality and combatting violence against women and girls.

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Cat shares her experiences in Grace Papers live coaching session
Esso Australia Commercial Operations Lead and Captain of the St Kilda AFLW team, Cat Phillips, recently participated in a Grace Papers live coaching session exploring the role that sport can play in making positive change for gender equality and combatting violence against women and girls.

The live coaching session was part of Grace Papers’ 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, and also looked at how sport and the media can influence and change attitudes and behaviours.

“Grace Papers’ mission, to champion inclusion and flexibility in the workplace, resonates strongly with me and I was thrilled to be included in this panel discussion on the importance of gender equality in sport and work,” said Cat. 

“I feel extremely privileged to have been part of the AFLW over the last five years.

“I’ve seen first-hand the impact sport can have on driving cultural change, and I am passionate about using my platform as an AFL player to continue working towards a more equitable society.”

Cat said that since the AFLW launched in 2017, she is so pleased to see female participation in football has boomed, and a growing acceptance that women should be included in our national game.

“We are finally seeing more female athletes in the mainstream media, and there are young girls and boys who can now look up to female sporting role models,” said Cat.

“This is a huge societal shift in a relatively short time frame, and highlights the power of sport to rapidly change beliefs and actions that can then start to be reflected in the broader community.”

Cat also believes that workplaces also have an important role to play in creating a more equitable society.

“Through demonstrating our commitment to inclusive and respectful behaviours in the workplace, we can continue to tackle the challenges faced by all STEM-based professions and industries associated with recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.”

You can view a recording of the live coaching session here.
Cat says she has seen first-hand the impact sport can have on driving cultural change, and is passionate about using her platform as an AFL player to continue working towards a more equitable society.