Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australian Government

09/21/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/20/2017 23:31

Foreign Minister meets with ASEAN Female Football Administrators at Parliament House

The Australia-ASEAN Council supports gender equality and women's empowerment through sport.

The Australia-ASEAN Council is pleased to support Football Federation Australia's ASEAN Female Football Administrators development program, which fosters personal and economic development opportunities for female football administrators from the ASEAN region. Participants in the September 2017 workshop represented Indonesia, Laos and Philippines.

Football is an effective vehicle for bringing Australia and countries in our region together. It is one of the most popular participation sports in South-East Asia, and is played by over 1 million Australians, including nearly 250,000 women and girls.

Role models in the form of great players and inspiring coaches play an important role in encouraging young girls and women to be physically and socially active through sport.

Football Federation Australia plays a key role in promoting women's football, and Australia's national team (the Matildas) is one of the best in the world.

The Government's Sports Diplomacy Strategy utilises Australian sporting expertise to: link people and institutions; contribute to community development; showcase Australia; and promote innovation and integrity.

Australia is making a positive contribution to communities in the ASEAN region through the Strategy in other ways including:

  • Indonesia: Strengthening leadership of women and girls and awareness of gender violence issues through baseball
  • Laos: Equipping children and youth in disadvantaged communities to overcome challenges and inspire positive social change through rugby
  • Philippines: Building women's leadership networks to improve gender equality through basketball