Every November, global attention is drawn to the issue of violence against women through a male led movement called the White Ribbon Campaign . The campaign which began in Toronto in 1991 has grown from strength to strength every year and is now active in 57 countries.
To mark the day locally, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is being recognised as a White Ribbon Workplace; meaning that it has been accredited as an organisation which will not tolerate violence of any kind toward women. But, the significance of this goes well beyond work. The Local Health District is the largest employer across the Penrith, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Lithgow Local Government Areas; so taking a stand, and leading by example will have an impact across many communities.
Each year we see forums, meetings and opportunities where groups of men band together and pledge that they will respect women and stand up for their right to be safe and free from violence. .. BUT WHY?
Violence against women is recognised to be a serious and widespread problem. It carries with it enormous individual, community and societal costs…AND it is preventable. However, to prevent it we need to try and understand it…. So take a look at a few key facts . They may shock you, and they will definitely inform you.
If you don’t have time right now, or you can’t be bothered with a ‘click through’… then please take away just one sobering thought.
On average, at least one woman per week is murdered by a partner or ex-partner here in Australia.
In memory of Sarah, a western Sydney Mother of 5 who was murdered by her ex-partner this time last year, and all those before and since.