Promoting the pledge
Men vow to keep women safe
The White Ribbon ride will arrive in Gore tomorrow as part of the White ribbon campaign that urges men to take the pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence to women. Longford Intermediate is hosting the event with the four riders travelling down the South Island to arrive at noon. While rider numbers were down this year, the men decided to continue with the ride so it could raise awareness for the campaign. Gore Women’s Refuge manager Catherine Murphy said the campaign was about men saying they were not going to keep quiet if they heard of any violence happening. More impact was made when men said they did not want men to be violent, she said. Each year riders taking part sign a big wooden white ribbon that the refuge holds to remember those who had taken the pledge. Gore district mayor Tracy Hicks was one Gore man to take the pledge and he encouraged fellow Gore men to do the same. ‘‘I urge everyone to take the pledge, if we all take responsibility to reduce the appalling levels of violence in our society, we can and we will make a difference,’’ Mr Hicks said. He said the statistics were awful. ‘‘One in three women in New Zealand will experience partner violence at some stage in their lives and on average 14 women are killed each year by their partners or ex-partners’’. Riders will leave for Balclutha about 1pm and Gore people were encouraged to join the ride. People are invited to attend the event tomorrow at Longford Intermediate. White Ribbon day is recognised on November 25.
Prepared: Gore Women’s Refuge manager Catherine Murphy and
Community Networking Trust manager Robyn Morris are ready for the White Ribbon ride arriving in Gore tomorrow as part of the White Ribbon
Day campaign that runs nationwide on Monday.