Say NO to Violence Against Women
The International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, is held annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).
Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia. Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year, and many others have helped to raise the profile of violence against women into the public domain, as well as gain the attention of state and federal politicians.
On 14 October 2015, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward announced a $60 million package to target perpetrators and support women, men and children who have experienced domestic and family violence.
We need to stand up and speak out that violence against women is unacceptable and has no place in our society.
However, despite this increased attention, the incidents of violence against women in our community continues to occur at an alarming rate. We need to stand up and speak out that violence against women is unacceptable and has no place in our society. In recent months the local community has been coming together, sadly, to hold vigils for women slain through domestic violence in the Blacktown LGA.
CRN supports the campaign to end violence against women. During the month of November there are many events and ways to join in this campaign, including:
- #wrapitwhite – Businesses, community orgransiations, Council and government agencies are encouraged to wrap their doorways, windows, fences, etc with white ribbons, take a photo and post it on social media to show support in saying no to violence against women.
- White Ribbon Day Breakfasts – Fundraising and awareness events held on 25 November 2015 aimed at the business community to stand up against violence against women. Go to our events page to find out details of the White Ribbon Day Breakfasts happening in Blacktown and The Hills.
To find out more, or to get involved in the ongoing local campaign to stop violence against women, contact your nearest lnteragency network:
- Outer West Domestic Violence Network (OWDVN)
- Hills Domestic Violence Prevention Committee (HDVPC)
For more information about White Ribbon Day, go to http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/
To find local domestic violence services, visit our Resources page and download the OWDVN Directory of Services.