24 February 2015
Cricket Australia and CommBank join forces to support UN Women
The Australian National Committee for UN Women is delighted to announce that Cricket Australia and Commonwealth Bank are teaming efforts to promote gender equality this International Women’s Day.
The Australian National Committee for UN Women coordinates the largest International Women’s Day events around the country to celebrate the accomplishments of women in our communities, workplaces and families. The events raise funds to deliver programs which empower, protect and promote women and girls across the Pacific region and around the world.
As long-time partners, Cricket Australia and CommBank have a proud history of working together to promote the game Australia loves and the values of inclusion and opportunity for all.
The National Committee is pleased that this year, Cricket Australia will co-host the International Women’s Day breakfast in Melbourne, to be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, part of a series of events supported by CommBank for two years running.
Welcoming the relationship, Cricket Australia’s CEO James Sutherland, said, “Cricket Australia is proud to support the Australian National Committee for UN Women as it works for women’s empowerment and gender equality.
“In furthering cricket as a sport for all Australians, we are intent on developing cricket as a sport for girls and women to play and watch – just as much as it is for boys and men. Gender diversity and balance will provide huge growth opportunities for our sport as we set our sights on helping cricket to achieve its vast potential.”
“The Australian National Committee for UN Women is grateful for the ongoing support of CommBank. Adding Cricket Australia as our newest supporter creates a fantastic platform from which we can celebrate International Women’s Day. Together we can ensure everyday Australians are a part of the conversation to ensure equal opportunities and a brighter future for women and girls,” said Julie McKay, Executive Director of the Australian National Committee for UN Women.
“We have a responsibility to reflect and celebrate the diverse community that we belong to and gender diversity is an important part of this commitment” said Vittoria Shortt, Chief Marketing Officer, Commonwealth Bank.
“Our longstanding support of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars is an example of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion – our partnership goes beyond the logo on a playing shirt and represents the values important to us. We believe in a truly inclusive community both on and off the field.”
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland and Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars team members will attend the Australian National Committee for UN Women’s International Women’s Day breakfast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 3 March.