White Ribbon Awareness In Bass Coast

Bass Coast will host a White Ribbon Community Dinner to help raise awareness about and end men’s violence against women.

Held on Wednesday, 26 November at the Wonthaggi Town Hall, the dinner will include bystander training, and aims to help men and women work together as allies to change sexism, discrimination and attitudes that contribute to violence.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Kimberley Brown, said this training will help people to speak out and take action to prevent violence.

“In 2012, Bass Coast ranked 24th highest out of 79 local government areas for the incidence of family violence incidents,” Cr Brown said.

“Men and Women can work together as allies to challenge sexism, discrimination and attitudes that contribute to violence.

“Council, Gippsland Women’s Health Service, the South Coast Primary Care Partnership and YMCA have committed locally through the Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan to implementing regional family violence plans and strategies.

“This White Ribbon event to assist people to understand what they can do is part of the regional strategy.”

The Community Dinner will run from 6.00pm until 7.30pm with a light meal provided.

People can register to attend at https://whatyoucando.eventbrite.com.au.

White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25.

Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women.

Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries.

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon’s vision is that ‘all women live in safety free from all forms of men's violence’.

The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community.