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The NRL Voice Against Violence initiative aims to assist the rugby league community to 'stand up', 'speak out' and 'take action' to prevent violence against women and children. There are three components of Voice Against Violence:

  • Voice Against Violence education workshops
  • An awareness campaigns
  • Voice Against Violence website

Keep up to date with the latest workshops, campaigns, and initiatives.

Latest updates 

Joint Leadership Statement - National Sporting Codes commit to promote gender equality and respect in sport

As the leaders of Australia's major national sporting organisations, we are committed to working together to continue to build equal and respectful organisations.

Now more than ever, we recognise the  power and influence  of sport to continue to promote gender equality and encourage positive social change in our society. By doing so, we are part of a national effort to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. While together we have made great advancements for women in sport, we acknowledge there is still more work to be done. In order to embed gender equality at all levels of our sport and do our part to prevent violence against women, we pledge to:

  • Ensure equal opportunities for women in sport remains on the agenda. Challenge harmful gender stereotypes and encourage respectful relationships at all levels of our organisations and our game.
  • Create inclusive, equitable, and safe environments for everyone.
  • Increase women's and girl's sport participation, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women from diverse backgrounds.
  • Promote positive role models in sport to make gender equality relevant to our supporters and fans.

We will continue to work collectively and collaboratively with Our Watch, our clubs, other sporting organisations, expert groups and our communities to actively advance gender equality to prevent violence against women.

NRL Club Workshops 

During 2020 all sixteen NRL Clubs first grade squads were scheduled to participate in the Voice Against Violence workshop.

Nine of the sixteen clubs participated in the workshop before COVID-19 and NRL clubs were confined to their respective bubbles for the 2020 season. These clubs included: Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Canberra Raiders, Gold Coast Titans, Penrith Panthers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Newcastle Knights, North Queensland Cowboys, St George Illawarra Dragons and the New Zealand Warriors.

Watch as the Titans players find their voice against violence

Prime Minister's XIII 2019

The 2019 Prime Minister's XIII Australian and Fijian men's and women's teams all participated in the Voice Against Violence program as part of their Prime Minister's XIII 2019 campaign in Fiji.

Australian Defence Force Rugby League

As part of their Pacific Tour during October 2019, the men's and women's Australian Defence Force Rugby League teams participated in the program alongside the Fiji Army men's and women's teams.

NRL take a stand against domestic violence with staff and players participating in the 2019 Step Out, Speak Out Walk.

NRL takes stand against domestic violence

Fiji Voice Against Violence delivery expands, with the help of the Australian Government

Australian Government pledges $100,000 to Voice against Violence program

Flanagan helps spread Voice Against Violence to next generation, including his junior club.

Flanagan helps spread Voice Against Violence message to next generation

NRL Voice Against Violence expands to Tonga!

Simaima Taufa making her voice heard in anti-violence campaign in Tonga

NRL anti-violence program expands into Tonga

Watch the 2018 Power For Change Campaign below featuring the Minto Cobras! 

Voice Against Violence

The NRL partner with Rio Tinto to take Voice Against Violence to Weipa and its surrounds!

Tongue driving change in Weipa through NRL's Voice Against Violence campaign

NRL Voice Against Violence – Weipa

NRL Voice Against Violence makes its way to Western Australia

Taufa steps up for Voice Against Violence in WA


Voice Against Violence heads to Murgon

The NRL Community team travelled to Central Queensland to deliver the NRL Voice Against Violence program over three days to junior rugby league clubs and high school rugby league teams in the local South Burnett region. 

Voice Against Violence - Murgon


NRL teams up with Rio Tinto to assist remote communities

The NRL partnered with Rio Tinto, Goodline and Workpac to take the NRL Voice Against Violence program to Weipa and surrounding communities between 7 - 11 June. 

NRL Voice Against Violence – Weipa


Local junior league district are proud to support White Ribbon Australia

After taking part in the NRL Voice Against Violence program, the Wests Junior took action to support White Ribbon Day. 

Round 16 saw the Western Suburb Junior League District hold it's maiden 'White Ribbon Round'. They also developed and proudly shared their own #Respect4Women campaign across social media!

Visit Facebook to watch their White Ribbon Round video.

Visit Facebook to watch their #Respect4Women video.


The NRL and Wests Tigers collaborate to prevent violence against women

The Wests Tigers partnered with White Ribbon and the NRL to deliver the NRL Voice Against Violence program to the Campbelltown Warriors. 

Visit YouTube to watch the video.


Papua New Guinea

Check out two videos from our recent trip to Papua New Guinea as part of the PM's XIII trip.

Also, Joanna Lester's Power Meri follows Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet.

Watch the Power Meri trailer on the Demand Film website.