White Ribbon Day 2017
Saturday 25 November 2017 is White Ribbon Day, also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Across the world, events will be held to raise awareness and drive positive change.
“Violence has no place in a civilised community,” said Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Cr Tony Francis.
“Statistics tell us that one in three women has experienced violence perpetrated by someone known to them. White Ribbon Day offers a chance for all of us to stand up and show that we do not accept this behaviour.”
Fundraising, events and activities associated with White Ribbon Day are overseen by White Ribbon Australia, an organisation dedicated to eliminating violence against women. The organisation’s website, www.whiteribbon.org.au, contains a range of resources to educate and support the community in pursuit of a nation in which every woman lives in safety.
The White Ribbon movement began in Toronto in 1991 and is now acknowledged in over 57 countries. White Ribbon Day marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign, which ends on Human Rights Day on 10 December 2017.
To find out more about what you can do to help end violence against women, and to learn more about the history, purpose and activities of the White Ribbon movement, visit www.whiteribbon.org.au.