Koenig calls for more allies
Wimmera White Ribbon ambassador and Horsham Rural City councillor Josh Koenig called on men to be allies in the fight to end men’s violence against women.
Cr Koenig addressed a White Ribbon ceremony in Horsham on Friday, expressing his concern that violence against women was not an uncommon event.
“It’s important that we note the majority of men are not violent, however, this is a gender-based issue we are here to address and acknowledge,” he said.
“We need men to be our allies in order to push forward with the work this local committee and wider White Ribbon foundation is completing – an ongoing mission to stamp out violence against women. It’s important to be aware not all violence against women is perpetrated in a physical sense. Other forms of family violence include emotional, financial, social, religious and cyber, just as prominent and just as damaging.”
Cr Koenig touched on Horsham’s high domestic violence statistics, along with national statistics.
He said despite the statistics, hope was not lost.
“We as a collective can say ‘no more’ and take the oath to never commit, excuse or remain silent against violence against women,” he said. “We can all do this together and be the circuit breakers.”
Cr Koenig urged people in trouble or who knew someone in trouble to speak out.
“There is help available and you are not alone,” he said. “I will stand up and act to prevent men’s violence against women. I hope you all will stand with me.”
Cr Koenig is one of three new Wimmera White Ribbon ambassadors alongside Robbie Millar and Chris Walter.
Ararat also hosted a community walk against violence, Yarriambiack residents attended a White Ribbon barbecue at Warracknabeal and West Wimmera Shire Council staff are participating in White Ribbon’s Act at Work program.
People can visit www.whiteribbon.org for more information about the organisation and its efforts to end men’s violence against women.