Today is white ribbon day in Australia. Wearing a white ribbon is to send a message to stop violence against women. I share this as I was shocked to hear that in Australia one woman is killed every week by a partner or former partner. I thought that ‘sort of thing’ happened in ‘other places’. I was wrong.
Where I live I rarely hear of a murder. It makes headline news if it happens. Or so I thought. I had no idea that homicide rates in Australia for women by their intimate partner average one per week. Not many are making the news headlines, that’s for sure!
So what is white ribbon day?
White ribbon day was started by a group of men in Toronto, Canada. In 1999 the United Nations declared 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, with a white ribbon as its symbol.
The White Ribbon Campaign in Australia is led by male Ambassadors who are leaders nationally or locally.
The campaign calls for men to speak out and make an oath not to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. It asks men and women to wear a white ribbon or wristband to show their support.
Who else participates?
Many countries around the world participate in white ribbon day, including China, Sri Lanka, Germany, Poland, Spain, India, New Zealand and Uganda. Source: whiteribbon.org.au.
It is my hope that this day helps in our quest to end violence to all.