White Rib­bon Day, Sun­day 25 Novem­ber 2018

Napier Courier - - Local Classifieds -

Is the in­ter­na­tional day when peo­ple wear a white rib­bon to show that they do not con­done vi­o­lence to­wards women.

It was started by a men’s move­ment in Canada in 1991 and has been of­fi­cially adopted by the United Na­tions as its In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women. The cam­paign was in­tro­duced to New Zealand by UNIFEM (the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Fund for Women). In this coun­try most vi­o­lence by men against women takes place in the home — with an av­er­age of 14 women a year killed by their part­ners or ex-part­ners. Each year there are over 3,500 con­vic­tions recorded against men for as­saults on women and one in five women will ex­pe­ri­ence sex­ual as­sault or sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence at some point in their lives.

White Rib­bon Day cel­e­brates the many men willing to show lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment to pro­mot­ing safe, healthy re­la­tion­ships within fam­i­lies and en­cour­ages men to chal­lenge each other on at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iour that are abu­sive. White Rib­bon came to New Zealand in 2004 and the Fam­i­lies Com­mis­sion be­came the lead agency in 2006. The White Rib­bon Com­mit­tee pro­vided the ad­vice on which the cam­paign acted. In 2014 the White Rib­bon Trust took over the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the cam­paign.

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