Brisbane Roar’s Westfield W-League side has banded together to support the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service in raising awareness through the Orange The World campaign.
The global campaign, which is designed to raise awareness around violence against women and young girls, spans from November 25 through to December 16 with ’16 days of activism.’
Brisbane Roar’s very own Summer O’Brien is deeply passionate and is a strong ambassador for the campaign through her work with the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS).
“Orange The World is a global campaign to raise awareness around violence against women and young girls,” O’Brien said.
“The reason I am involved is because I am working with the BDVS and we advocate change around violence against women, particularly with its prevalence in Australia."
A number of O’Brien’s Roar teammates joined the BDVS on Wednesday morning to show their support for the campaign.
The United Nations estimates that one in three women and girls experience violence in their lifetime with O’Brien leading the charge in advocating change.
“It’s great to know that my teammates are helping us support women and be advocates for change,” O’Brien added.
“I’m extremely passionate about change for women in Australia and it's a dream to work for BDVS who provide such a great service.”
Showing your support is as simple as sharing campaign photos on social media platforms.
“If you can share the photos we had taken today and use the hashtags #OrangeTheWorld and #16DaysOfActivism for the next 16 days to try and raise awareness on social media,” O’Brien said.
The Roar Women take on Canberra United this Sunday at McKellar Park (3:30pm KO QLD time) with coverage LIVE on Fox Sports channel 501 before returning to Brisbane to take on the Newcastle Jets at A.J. Kelly Park next Sunday (4:30pm KO).
"The season has been going great and our hard work in pre-season is showing on the field. We have a lot to work on but I feel that we will only get better from here," O'Brien concluded.
"We just need to try and play our game and not get caught up in what Canberra do. It’s always a battle against [Canberra United striker] Michelle Heyman, but I just have to look at her as another player to try and shut down."