Community Response in Queensland
White Ribbon is heartened by the outpouring of community grief at the horrendous events that took place last week in Queensland. The attendance of so many at Sunday’s Candle Light Vigil on the Gold Coast is a testament to this.
One woman is killed nearly every week in Australia by a male partner or ex-partner – often while she is trying to leave the relationship. The ongoing deaths of women in our communities as a result of men’s violence against women is unacceptable.
The community’s outrage at these horrific events reinforces the need for Australians to be committed to changing the attitudes and behaviours that normalise and perpetuate men’s violence against women. It also reflects the community wanting to better understand what causes this violence and how it can be prevented.
As a national organisation, White Ribbon works with communities, in schools, sports clubs and workplaces, to talk about respectful relationships and support local action to stop violence against women before it starts. Men are key to speaking out and engaging other men in the conversation. Because the majority of this violence is committed by men. White Ribbon supports men to work alongside women to create widespread and lasting change.
White Ribbon Committees are pivotal to community engagement and the Queensland Committee is no exception. They have been tireless this last week in supporting on the ground, working with the White Ribbon Team to draw attention and focus response.
This response is parallel to the work of many experts, advocates and others, who have been identifying the need for ongoing change to address men’s violence against women.
We have seen many words devoted to the issue of domestic and family violence. Gradually, Governments across jurisdictions are heightening their action. But progress is still too slow.
White Ribbon will always stand beside those affected and those wanting to affect change. And together we will make a difference. But it will take time, more resources, and the collaborative efforts of us all to finally end male violence against women.
For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889