White Rib­bon Day a suc­cess

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Around 30 locals at­tended the White Rib­bon Day morn­ing tea held at Corowa TAFE on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23.

White Rib­bon Day each year serves as an op­por­tu­nity to stand up and speak out to end vi­o­lence, by op­er­at­ing with, and along­side, many other com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses.

White Rib­bon Aus­tralia is part of a global move­ment of men and boys work­ing to end men’s vi­o­lence against women, whose aim is to cre­ate an Aus­tralian so­ci­ety where all women can live in safety, free from vi­o­lence and abuse.

Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Crim­i­nol­ogy (2017), one woman in Aus­tralia is mur­dered every week by her cur­rent or former part­ner, while one in two women ex­pe­ri­ence sex­ual ha­rass­ment in their life­time.

Corowa TAFE’s Kelly Ralph said it was a great turnout at the Con­nected Learn­ing Cen­tre “to get the com­mu­nity to­gether to show the world where we stand on end­ing men’s vi­o­lence against women in Aus­tralia”.

Ju­lianne Whyte from Ama­ranth Foun­da­tion gave an in­tro­duc­tion on the day.

“The white rib­bon is a sign of hope and a prom­ise to stand up, to speak out and to act when you wit­ness dis­re­spect or abuse,” she said.

White Rib­bon Aus­tralia en­vi­sions a na­tion that “re­spects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse”.

White Rib­bon Day aims to en­gage men to make women’s safety a man’s is­sue too.

Lee Toy, a Coun­sel­lor with Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health District, along with Cyn­thia House, was present to talk about their ser­vices for Corowa and sur­rounds.

Ms Ralph said it was an en­joy­able morn­ing tea.

“It was great to see the Men’s Shed and stu­dents from TAFE join in and en­joy the morn­ing tea kindly do­nated by the Fed­er­a­tion

Around 30 locals at­tended the Corowa Con­nected Learn­ing Cen­tre on White Rib­bon Day to help end men’s vi­o­lence against women.

Corowa TAFE Ser­vice Co­or­di­na­tor Kelly Ralph was pleased of the Corowa Men’s Shed at­ten­dance.

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