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Raising awareness of violence against women

THIS year on White Ribbon Day residents are being asked to take part in the Midland March That Matters on Tuesday, November 25.

Organisers North-East Metro White Ribbon Day Committee said the march was held to help raise awareness about the need to stop violence against women and calling for men to be part of the change.

The event runs from 11am to 1pm at Juniper Gardens (behind Midland Dome) – enter from The Crescent or Cale St.

The march starts at 11.30am and will be followed by guest speakers, a free sausage sizzle and information stalls.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt has become a White Ribbon ambassador, joining thousands of men around Australia to prevent men’s violence against women, which claims the life of more than one woman every week.

Mr Wyatt said the White Ribbon Campaign – the world’s biggest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women – started in Canada in 1991 and spread to Australia in 2003.

“Although the White Ribbon Campaign is now present in more than 60 countries, Australia is unique in that it’s ambassadors’ program supports thousands of good men around the nation to be the faces and leaders of the campaign,” he said.

“For too long, men’s violence against women has been perceived as a ‘private issue’ or a ‘woman’s issue’.

“In reality, violence perpetrated by men against women is a man’s issue too and men must help stop it.

“Men and women are working together to put an end to what is an insidious social issue; an issue with far-reaching and long-lasting consequences, and which is never private.

“The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women.

“Through a range of primary prevention initiatives that engage schools, workplaces and the community, White Ribbon Australia supports boys and men to lead positive social change.

“The campaign is a means for men to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of men who use or condone violence against women.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. The best part of her job was meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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