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White Ribbon is Australia's only national, male-led Campaign to end men's violence against women. The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, as well as programs with youth, schools and workplaces – and across the broader community in general.
It's the responsibility of everyone in the community to ensure that violence and discrimination against women does not continue.
The violence perpetrated by men against women must stop and it is up to men themselves to stop it. The victims are not merely statistics; they are firstly individual human women, and also wives, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. Good men cannot and will not sit on the sidelines while those they love are at risk of harm.The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men can play in preventing violence against women. It fosters and encourages male leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.
Each year to mark White Ribbon Day, Council, in partnership with a number of local working parties, holds various events aimed at raising awareness and changing attitudes towards violence against Women.
'Strong men' are those who will stand up,
speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.
In 2018, the sixth annual White Ribbon Tug O’ War Cup took place, welcoming men from local businesses, organisations, community groups and residents across Canterbury Bankstown.
Over the past six years, this event has attracted more than 550 men from local businesses, community and government organisations who show their unwavering support to ending violence against women by participation in a friendly Tug O' War competition.
In 2018, 28 teams of five men from the local Canterbury-Bankstown community and Government organisations, as well as schools and local businesses registered to show their support. More than 300 participants and spectators came along on the day.
To show their support for White Ribbon, the Canterbury-Bankstown Domestic Violence Liaison Committee held information stalls at local shopping centres during the week of White Ribbon Day.
For more information, call Council’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Officer on 9707 9471.