Calls for men to stand up, speak out, and act
White Ribbon anti-violence campaign calls for men to stand
up, speak out, and act
Our Mayor Sandra Goudie is proud to stand up, take the pledge, and support the White Ribbon campaign this year, and discusses its importance with Councillor Terry Walker.
White Ribbon Day (November 25) is the International Day for the Elimination of Men’s Violence Towards Women. White Ribbon aims to end men’s violence towards women by encouraging men to lead by example and talk to other men.
"While the campaign is focusing on men, it is a salient reminder for us all. Together we can make a difference," says Mayor Sandra Goudie. "And by having an understanding of respectful relationships this forms a protection against violence."
This year the campaign is asking men to stand up by taking the online pledge and committing to take one or more actions.
The eight actions offer men choices – to listen, reflect, alter their behaviour, talk to others and disrupt negative behaviour – which build respectful behaviour that undermines violence.
Once you have chosen an action, you will receive an email linking you with a White Ribbon toolbox and a video with useful information on how to proceed and achieve your action. Then you can challenge other men and organisations to 'Take the Pledge' and get people off the sideline and involved in ending men’s violence towards women.
For more information visit whiteribbon.org.nz.