Koenig calls for more al­lies

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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