Today is White Ribbon Day – National Day to Stop Men’s Violence against Women
Today is White Ribbon Day!
In Australia, all women should live in safety, free from all forms of men’s violence. Sadly, this is not the case. On average, more than one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner. This deeply disturbing fact is only one tragic part of the bigger story surrounding domestic violence.
The Australian community is uniting to focus on stopping the scourge of Domestic Violence. White Ribbon, now in its 12th year, asks Australians to take a stand today to end men’s violence against women. This campaign focuses on the positive role men can play to influence the actions of those few men who use violence and break the cycle of violence in society.
The White Ribbon campaign runs year-long, culminating today. Throughout the year and particularly in November, White Ribbon events are held across Australia to educate and raise awareness about men’s violence against women. They reflect the power of the community to drive change.
White Ribbon’s mission is making women’s safety a man’s issue too. Men are standing up, speaking out and acting to prevent violence. The prevention work of White Ribbon takes place in schools, workplaces and across the wider community. White Ribbon’s Programs provide the tools to drive cultural change, recognising the vital role of, and actions required by, all men to prevent violence against women.
“White Ribbon applauds communities across Australia uniting on Wednesday 25th November in support of bringing an end to men’s violence against women. These communities represent the critical role of collective action to drive change. It is everyone’s responsibility to make this happen. We need ongoing action amongst our schools, workplaces, sporting clubs and politicians, if we are to become a society committed to respect, stopping the violence and delivering true gender equality” said John Rosewarne, Chair of White Ribbon Australia.
THE MEDIA CAN HELP STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
The media have a vital role in helping to raise awareness of violence against women. White Ribbon is inviting journalists to play a part in ending violence against women in Australia by featuring stories and raising awareness within the community.
White Ribbon is also encouraging media to wear a white ribbon today. If you, or members of your team, wish to wear a White Ribbon or would like to arrange an interview of someone with a personal story of violence or a White Ribbon Ambassador, then please contact Selena O’Hare at SBPR (details below). We ask that you make contact as soon as possible due to the number of enquiries at this time. A full list of White Ribbon Ambassadors available for interview can be provided.
White Ribbon invites Australians to show their support for White Ribbon Day by taking the new Oath online (www.whiteribbon.org.au/day), hosting or attending one of the many White Ribbon events taking place across Australia (www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/fundraising-events/) or purchasing White Ribbon wristbands (https://store.whiteribbon.org.au/).
For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au
ABOUT WHITE RIBBON
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women. It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change. In Australia, White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent violence by changing attitudes and behaviours. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and prevention initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.
For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889