It’ll be all-white on the night

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

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.

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