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Taking a stand against violence against women

Taking a stand against violence against women

NZ Police, the Fire Service and the Christchurch City Council will be making a stand against violence against women at a White Ribbon Day Breakfast barbecue be held in Cathedral Square on Thursday 25 November.

White Ribbon is a global campaign led by men who condemn violence against women.

Mayor Bob Parker says “Violence against anyone is unacceptable. Violence against women is far too common in our society. This day is intended to raise our awareness of the problem.’’

Joining the Mayor will be Crusaders’ Coach Todd Blackadder, Canterbury Rugby’s Stephen Brett, Coast to Coast Race Director Robin Judkins, Dean Peter Beck, City Councillors Sally Buck, Glenn Livingstone and Chrissie Williams, Police and Fire Area Commanders, and other members of the Safer Christchurch Interagency Group, all committed to reducing violence and promoting a safer community

To add to the occasion, the NZ Army will be parking its light operations vehicles in Cathedral Square.

Everyone is invited to Cathedral Square for sausages, hot chocolate and milk (generously donated by Hellers, Starbucks and Meadow Fresh respectively), to meet those taking part, and to get a White Ribbon to wear.

The barbecue will start at 7am and finish at 9am.

“The Safer Christchurch Strategy was developed in 2005 with the aim of making Christchurch a safer place to live, work and play, and sets the strategy for the Safer Christchurch Interagency Group,” says Glenn Dobson, Christchurch City Council’s Safer Christchurch Manager.

“The Strategy recognises the contribution by community organisations and government agencies which contribute to community safety in Christchurch.”

“So far we have been very successful, guiding Christchurch to achieving accreditation in 2008 as an International Safe Community based on criteria developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO).”

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