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Don’t stand on the sidelines this weekend – White Ribbon Night 2018

Stand up, speak out and act to stop violence against women

(Sydney – 25 July 2018) White Ribbon Night kicks off this weekend – 27-29 July with thousands of community-based events and elite sporting clubs showcasing a commitment to reduce violence against women across Australia.

This year’s White Ribbon Night will spotlight the central role sport can play in delivering much needed social change for women’s safety and respect.

White Ribbon’s new CEO, Tracy McLeod Howe, applauded the social change being led by an increasing number of sports communities stating, “Violence against women is everyone’s issue. This July, we are asking every sporting community to stand up and speak out, to prevent the cycle of abuse and disrespect of women in our community. We will not remain silent.”

“Sport is part of Australia’s DNA, providing the perfect environment to raise awareness of the importance of respectful relationships and women’s safety. Traditionally sporting communities have fallen short of being supportive, safe and inclusive for women, but change is being led by hundreds of sporting organisations and weekend sports clubs across their communities. They are inspirational in their commitment to deliver social change.”

The social bonds which bind sport fans also include looking out for each other’s safety on the sideline and in all aspects of the community. Isolation is one of the key risk factors and indicators for intimate partner violence. With 1 in 3 women experiencing violence by someone they know, your weekly chat on the side of a sporting field could make the difference.

Intimate partner violence contributes to more death, disability and illness in women aged 18 to 44 than any other preventable risk factor.

“Society expects elite sportspeople, their organisations, and the promotion of sport to be inclusive and respectful of women. We are proud to be working with many sporting organisations to deliver programs where prevention of men’s violence against women is incorporated into training, programs, events and communications in order to maximise community impact and to develop a sporting culture based on respect and inclusion,” said Tracy McLeod Howe.

White Ribbon congratulates the thousands sporting clubs across the community, regional, state, semi-professional or elite levels who will be standing up, speaking out and acting to end violence against women.

White Ribbon Night will feature, the White Ribbon NRL Round between West Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium Friday Night, the Adelaide Footy League – White Ribbon Night Round including 80 Adelaide teams, the kick of a 12-month six-club whole-of-community Sunshine Coast Sport Prevention Project- Not in Our Club project, AFL Victoria White Ribbon Round (next weekend), and the Western Sydney Wanderers community clubs across July.

White Ribbon is backed by the dedication and commitment of 1200 Ambassadors (mostly men), 160 Advocates, and 22 Committees across Australia – they are the White Ribbon social movement. Funds raised go towards supporting White Ribbon’s national primary prevention campaign, which aims to stop violence before it occurs, through education initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community. White Ribbon is committed to building an Australian community where every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. Support White Ribbon Australia by making a donation.

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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