To launch White Ribbon Day, Mayor Mark Jamieson today (November 22) joined Queensland Police Service representatives and local White Ribbon committee members to send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our Sunshine Coast community.
White Ribbon Day on November 25 is an internationally recognised day of action, and calls on all Australians to stand up, speak out and act to stop men’s violence and abuse against women.
This year, the Sunshine Coast community is invited to take the oath against domestic violence and step up to a White Ribbon Day photo booth in Ocean Street, Maroochydore from 7.30pm to midnight on Friday, November 24 and Loo with a View at Mooloolaba from 2.30 to 6pm on Saturday, November 25.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council would continue to work alongside local law enforcement agencies and community organisations to say NO to domestic violence.
“Council will continue to be front and centre leading campaigns such as White Ribbon Day to say enough is enough,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I recognise the importance of men taking responsibility and being part of the solution to end the violence, abuse and inequality faced by women across Australia.
“I will be stepping up to one of our White Ribbon Day photo booths to take the oath and pledge to stop domestic and family violence in our community and support cultural change.
“I urge the community to join me as together we must put an end to domestic violence against women and children in our community.”
Queensland Police Service Acting Deputy Commissioner Darryl Johnson, who is the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Committee chair, said White Ribbon Day aimed to create an Australian society where women and girls can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.
“This month, the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Committee, council and the community will come together to take a stand and take an oath against domestic violence,” he said.
“As community leaders who care about the women and children in our lives, we can take responsibility to help ensure that women and children live free from fear and violence.”
For confidential, domestic and family violence counselling, support and refuge support call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or SCOPE Sunshine Coast regional domestic and family violence service on 5430 9300. If you are in immediate danger please contact Police on 000.
Those who wish to support the critical work of White Ribbon Australia in the prevention of men’s violence and abuse against women can also make a tax deductible donation at www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate.
All funds raised will support primary prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.
White Ribbon Day Photo Booth Fast Facts
The community is invited to step up to one of the White Ribbon Day photo booths and take the oath against domestic violence.
Your photo will be shared on social media with the hashtag #WhiteRibbonDay #WhiteRibbon #sunshinecoastcouncil to say NO to domestic violence.
7.30pm to midnight, Friday November 24: Ocean Street, Maroochydore
2.30 to 6pm on Saturday, November 25: Loo with a View, Mooloolaba
Free event. No bookings required.
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