WHITE RIB­BON Keep our fam­i­lies safe from vi­o­lence

Stratford Press - - News - By DANE HASKELL, Taranaki Safe Fam­i­lies Trust Co­or­di­na­tor

The year is fly­ing by and we’re now into Novem­ber which means it’s the time to pro­mote and talk about White Rib­bon Day [WRD].

Novem­ber 25 is the in­ter­na­tional day for WRD for the elim­i­na­tion of men’s vi­o­lence to­wards women, but it’s im­por­tant to note that Thurs­day Novem­ber 22 is the day for cen­tral Taranaki.

Eltham Pri­mary School will be host­ing an event for stu­dents from around the area. There will be fun games and ac­tiv­i­ties, free bar­be­cue and drinks, wa­ter slides, fire truck rides, and in­creas­ing our gen­eral aware­ness of the prob­lem.

It starts at 12.30pm for the stu­dents, and is open to the pub­lic from 3pm un­til 4.30pm

The pop­u­lar Street Re­lay event in New Ply­mouth will be held on Fri­day Novem­ber 23. The event kicks off at noon and fin­ishes at 1pm with prize giv­ing and a free bar­be­cue, so please come and sup­port the cam­paign.

The aim of the day world-wide is to end the vi­o­lence by en­cour­ag­ing men to lead by ex­am­ple and talk to other men. Vi­o­lence to­wards women is un­ac­cept­able. Vi­o­lence comes in many forms and is de­fined as phys­i­cal, emo­tional and ver­bal be­hav­iour used to con­trol some­one through fear.

The cam­paign pledge this year is to E TU¯ or to STAND UP — “I will stand up, speak out and act to pre­vent men’s vi­o­lence to­wards women”.

It’s all about en­cour­ag­ing men to stand up and com­mit to the fol­low­ing.

■ Talk to women about their ex­pe­ri­ences with men — and be­lieve what they tell you.

■ Ask my­self how I’ve treated women, and how I can be­have more re­spect­fully.

■ Dis­rupt other men when they dis­re­spect or threaten women.

■ Treat women as equals in ev­ery­thing I do.

■ Choose how I will be a man and how I will act.

■ Talk with a young man about ‘break­ing out of the man box’.

■ Think about what I’m watch­ing and the me­dia I use.

■ Talk with young men about re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships and porn.

Taranaki Safe Fam­i­lies Trust­sup­ports this cam­paign by be­ing in­volved in some key events lead­ing up to White Rib­bon Day. The Waitara Cham­pi­ons ran the Mo­tor­cy­cle Poker Run on Novem­ber 17. The ride started at the Waitara RSA, around the moun­tain, ar­riv­ing back in Waitara at 4pm.

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