International Women’s Day is recognised on March 8 each year, so this month the Elite segment is dedicated to all women of bocce throughout Australia.
International Women’s Day 2023 campaign theme: #EmbraceEquity
- For International Women’s Day and beyond, let’s all fully #EmbraceEquity
- Equity isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have
- A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society’s DNA
- And it’s critical to understand the difference between equity and equality.
The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.
One of life’s most basic values should be to treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. For me, this means equality in gender, diversity, cultures, and providing an environment that is inclusive and presents opportunities for everyone on an equitable basis with respect and being mindful of others.
Sadly, there has been a long term inherent cultural bias regarding gender. The good part is this narrative is changing now. More awareness, education, and open dialogues are helping all of us evolve. But there’s still a long way to go.
If I talk about our bocce sport, we need to break down every barrier that may be preventing more female participation in our sport. We have got many wonderful women players and likewise many working in crucial roles, including administration, coaching, referees, tournament directors, operations, management, and directorship roles.
I am extremely grateful and thankful to all the women of bocce for their contribution to this wonderful sport. Your proven capability and strength shown to forge careers and open new pathways for all women to participate in the sport is a great achievement and we need to celebrate your success.
I do believe women can do anything in bocce and Bocce Australia is committed to ensuring we provide the environment and opportunities to do so.
As Max Tricarico, our social media lead, posted so eloquently on our Facebook page on IWD:
“On this International Women’s Day, let’s take a moment to commend all the amazing women who contribute to the world of bocce. From the players who showcase their skills on the court to the volunteers, coaches, and supporters who work behind the scenes, every woman involved in this sport plays a crucial role in its success. Your dedication, hard work, and passion for Bocce are truly inspiring, and you are all champions in our eyes.
“Let’s continue breaking down gender barriers and promoting inclusivity in sports, both on and off the court. The photos depict just some of the female trailblazers in our sport. Happy International Women’s Day!”
– Article written by Frank Funari, President of Bocce Australia.