The 25th November 2016 marked this year’s International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women, as well as White Ribbon Day, the campaign to end violence by men against women and girls.
Proudly supporting White Ribbon Day
We don’t need statistics to understand how significant this problem is in Australia, or the world. We need only go so far as to listen to the women in our lives – our sisters, colleagues, daughters, friends, mothers and partners. There you will find an experience of violence or fear of violence.
On the 29th November 2016 some of the Turner Freeman staff were invited to the White Ribbon Day breakfast hosted by Westpac and the Finance Sector Union. Guest speaker for the morning was previous Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, who educated the audience about the alarming statistics and personal stories of domestic violence victims in our community.
It is an important day for men to talk with each other about violence. Change starts with a conversation. White Ribbon Australia suggests men do the following:
- Listen to and learn from the experiences of women;
- Learn about the problem of violence against women and where it mostly occurs;
- Learn why some men are violent;
- Develop respectful relationships with women;
- Wear a White Ribbon or wristband;
- Challenge sexist language and jokes;
- Identify and oppose sexual harassment and sexual violence;
- Act when you see violence happening;
- Examine your own behaviour;
- Be a role model for others including your children.
For further information visit: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/WR_WhatMenCanDoFactSheet_HR.pdf