Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

White Ribbon Day – 25 November

White Ribbon Day – 25 November

National launch of events – 20 November

Over the next week many people around New Zealand will be wearing a white ribbon to show they do not tolerate or condone violence against women.

A week of national activities will be launched in Wellington on Monday 20 November.

The White Ribbon campaign is an international movement initiated by men to end violence towards women and the United Nations has adopted 25 November as its International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The campaign encourages men to examine their attitudes and behaviour toward women and challenge the attitudes and behaviour of other men.

Violence against women includes physical abuse but many men do not realise that threatening and controlling behaviour, psychological and sexual abuse are also acts of violence, said Paul Curry, Chief Executive of the Families Commission.

“No violence within families is acceptable. As men, we need to promote respect, equality and safety within our relationships. If we don’t, then we are not teaching our sons that these qualities are vital to strong, healthy relationships, and we are not teaching our daughters that they deserve respect, equality and safety in their relationships with men,” he said.

New Zealand has a high rate of violence towards women. In 2004 there were just over 3,100 convictions recorded against men for assaults on women and a 2001 national victims’ of crime study showed that close to one in five women experienced sexual assault or sexual interference at some point in their lives. Last year police recorded 63,000 incidents involving family violence.

This year dozens of government, social service and voluntary agencies as well as UNIFEM (the UN Development Fund for Women) are working together to raise awareness of White Ribbon Day and the week leading up to it.

More than 200,000 individual white ribbons (26 kilometres of ribbon) will be distributed free throughout the country by organisations concerned about family and sexual violence. Amnesty International, YWCA and other agencies will also be focusing on violence against women used as a tool of war.

More information and a list of some of the events are available on www.whiteribbon.org.nz

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Criminalising Of Rap Music


For black youth in America, there can be only three ways out of the ghetto: athletics, music or drug dealing. And for every individual who succeeds in making it out, dozens more attach themselves to their celebrity crews in order to bask in the reflected glory, and partake of the lifestyle. And what rap musician can afford to turn their back entirely on the ‘hood, when staying street and staying real is what their audience demands of them..?
More>>



 
 



Crime: Govt Helps Protect Shops From Ram Raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says... More>>


Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>


Government: New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now
With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>


Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>


National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels