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Waratahs take to the field to prevent men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) and the NSW Waratahs will team up for Super Rugby Round 11, with ‘Ladies Day’ and the ‘Catch to Win and Give’ charity initiative to be held on 7 May 2016.

The NSW Waratahs are taking the opportunity to tackle the issue of men’s violence against women by hosting Round 11 in support of White Ribbon.  The club’s commitment to ending men’s violence against women is demonstrated through their support of White Ribbon during this round.

As the largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women, White Ribbon is committed to working with elite sporting teams such as the Waratahs to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence.  Statistics show that one in four Australian women are exposed to domestic violence and on average one woman a week is killed as a result of intimate partner violence.

“We are pleased to be working with the Waratahs to broaden our reach to men and women and build upon the momentum of support we are seeing amongst sporting codes. The Waratahs are highlighting their commitment to this issue and the commitment expected of its players, staff and fans” Nicholas Cowdery, White Ribbon Chair, said.

“This round reinforces our respect of women in the game, our female fans, the importance of role modelling to young boys and our confidence in staff and players to reinforce the message that men’s violence against women is never acceptable. We are committed to standing alongside White Ribbon and its supporters and commit to the White Ribbon Oath, to stand up, speak out and act to prevent this issue that has such devastating long term impacts on our society.” Waratahs and NSW Rugby CEO, Andrew Hore said.

The Round will see the Waratahs raise awareness through a variety of White Ribbon activations and funds for White Ribbon by handing out ‘Catch to WIN and GIVE’ t-shirts. The t-shirts provide fans with the opportunity to win cash prizes while also nominating a participating charity to receive a further donation from the Club.



White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

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