White Ribbon Day 4/11/2005
As an initiative of the SHINE! Project (Safer Homes in Noosa Everyday) and its ongoing battle against domestic violence, a White Ribbon Day men's breakfast will be held at the Noosa Springs Country Club at 7.00 on 25 November.
White Ribbon Day is the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) and the largest effort by men across the world, working in partnership with women, to end male violence against women.
The Noosa event will feature Seven Sunshine Coast television presenter Justin Veivers as master of ceremonies and speakers will include Mayor Bob Abbot and Christian Outreach Church Pastor Michael Clift.
Some male leaders of our community have agreed to put their names and faces to a public crusade against domestic violence. They include Garth Prowd, Noel Goldthorpe, Frank Pardon, Glen Elmes, Peter Butt, Jim Berardo, Casey McGuire and Rick Cooper.
Tickets to the breakfast cost $25 and are available until Wednesday, 23 November from Council's Community Development Unit at 52 Doonella St, Tewantin (ph 5449 5100), or at the Christian Outreach Centre on Noosa-Eumundi Rd, Noosaville, or by calling the Zonta Club of Noosa on 5448 2768. There will also be raffle prizes on the day and proceeds will support SHINE! (Safer Homes in Noosa Everyday) initiatives.
Background information :
The Australian IDEWAW website (www.whiteribbonday.org.au) states violence against women is at epidemic levels and rising. The most recent Australian data comes from a 2004 national survey of 6,600 women by the Australian Institute of Criminology. This found that over their lifetime, 57 per cent of women reported experiencing at least one incident of physical or sexual violence. In another study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 23% of women surveyed had experienced violence by a previous partner.
It affects our neighbours, sisters, daughters, mothers, friends -- not to mention the children, who in 90% of reported cases witnessed the violence. Up to 53% of children were also beaten, sometimes trying to defend their mothers.
The cost to our community is impossible to calculate but when considering the cost of services provided by government and non-government agencies, including crime protection and intervention, health, accommodation, financial and counselling services, it would certainly run into the billions of dollars. (The disruption to employment and business in Australian is estimated at $1.5 billion per annum.)
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge that the wearer does not condone violence against women and is committed to supporting community action to stop violence by men against women.
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