Lo­cals can join in White Rib­bon ride

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The White Rib­bon an­tiv­i­o­lence rid­ers are ask­ing lo­cal mo­tor­cy­clists to lead the an­nual ride into Mata­mata and show their sup­port for end­ing vi­o­lence in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

The Novem­ber White Rib­bon Cam­paign aims to end men’s vi­o­lence to­wards women.

As part of the cam­paign, a White Rib­bon Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride has been or­gan­ised for the last five years in the North Is­land to high- light the anti-vi­o­lence mes­sages and speak di­rectly to men in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Any­one can join the ride pro­vid­ing their bike has a cur­rent war­rant of fit­ness, a min­i­mum en­gine size of 250cc and they are will­ing to make the pledge to never com­mit, con­done or re­main silent about vi­o­lence to­wards women.

‘‘ Most men aren’t vi­o­lent,’’ said Pa­triot leader and White Rib­bon Rider, Aaron Mor­ri­son. ‘‘How­ever, most vi­o­lence against women is per­pe­trated by men.’’

Ev­ery year, about 14 women are killed, and more than 3500 con­vic­tions are recorded against men each year for as­sault on women.

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Photo: KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

Ready to ride: Mata­mata White Rib­bon am­bas­sador David White will once again take part in the White Rib­bon Mo­tor­cy­cle Ride.

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