It’ll be all-white on the night
TWENTY high profile men will take a stand and say ‘‘no’’ to violence against women at a special White Ribbon event on November 23. But it doesn’t end there. A first for the twin towns, the Campaspe Shire event will see the men not only taking a stand but baking a stand against violence too. They will bake cakes ahead of the event at 10.30am at the Echuca wharf where their cakes will be judged by the Country Women’s Association (CWA).
All 20 men will start the conversation and encourage their peers to join them with a clear message — violence against women in any of its forms is not acceptable.
Mayor Adrian Weston said it was a serious issue with one in three Australian women affected by physical and/or sexual violence by someone they know.
‘‘One woman a week is killed in our country by a current or former partner and our shire is no exception,’’ Cr Weston said.
While it is acknowledged that violence can be perpetrated and experienced by both men and women, White Ribbon focuses on one specific type of violence – men’s violence against women.
‘‘The White Ribbon Day campaign recognises the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women,’’ Cr Weston said.
White Ribbon Australia is part of a global movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women.
It aims to create an Australian society where all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.
Campaspe Shire Council became an accredited White Ribbon Workplace in November 2015.
White Ribbon Workplaces promote respectful relationships and gender equality within the workplace and demonstrate a culture of zero tolerance of violence against women.
‘‘Everyone is welcome to come along to the event which not only raises awareness of this important issue, but sees well known public figures compete for bragging rights as the region’s best cake maker,’’ Cr Weston said.
‘‘Best part of all – we get to eat the cakes at the morning tea.’’
So let’s join together and say ‘‘no’’ to violence against women, Cr Weston said. ■ The Riverine Herald will feature some of the men in the pages of its newspaper in the lead up to the event.