Wear white to help stop violence against women

October 25, 2017

CAMPASPE Shire Council is urging businesses and schools to help paint the shire white.

This is a symbol of the shire’s stance in saying NO to violence against women.

The White Ribbon Day campaign recognises the positive role men play in preventing violence against women.

Through a range of initiatives that engage schools, workplaces and the community, the campaign supports boys and men to lead positive social change.

Mayor Adrian Weston said council started its campaign in 2014, raising awareness of violence against women and children on White Ribbon Day, and in 2015 became an accredited White Ribbon Workplace.

“The White Ribbon event puts into perspective just how real the issue of violence against women is, with one in three women having experienced physical and/or sexual violence from someone they know,’’ he said.

‘‘Campaspe In White is a competition across the shire encouraging businesses and schools to dress up in white signifying coming together, uniting the community as one in a quest to make a stand on violence against women.

‘‘Participating businesses can upload images of their shopfronts to social media tagging @campaspeshire with the hashtag #campaspeinwhite.

‘‘Violence against women affects their wellbeing and impacts children and families as well as the community.

‘‘We want to play our part in generating a greater awareness of the issue and support services available.’’

Cr Weston said all community members were invited to participate.

‘‘The community initiatives include decorating their business or school in white during November and wearing white to work or school on Wear White to Work Day — Friday, November 24,’’ he said.

‘‘Council will also hold a free community morning tea at 11am in recognition of White Ribbon Day on the same day at the Echuca Civic Centre.’’

A human white ribbon will be formed and photographed from the air.

‘‘The human white ribbon is an opportunity for men to lead the way in saying ‘no’,” Cr Weston said.

As part of the day, the chair of the Campaspe Family Violence Action Group will launch their plan as well as children’s activities and merchandise sales available in support of White Ribbon.

Campaspe Library Services will co-ordinate children’s crafts and feature a pop-up eSafety for women resource exhibit.

Winners of the Campaspe In White display competition will also be announced with advertising packages donated by event sponsor — Riverine Herald, Campaspe News and Kyabram Free Press.

Businesses and schools are encouraged to collect gold coin donations on Wear White to Work Day giving proceeds to go to White Ribbon Day.

To find out more or to register your support, please contact Jacquie Bruns on 54812206 or email [email protected]

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT for advice or support.

In an emergency, call 000.

All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.

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