Flying the flag to prevent violence

Bella KitchenSouth Western Times
Sgt Don McLean and Sen. Const. Barry Turner said White Ribbon Australia’s focus is on promoting gender equality in communities to eliminate gendered violence.
Camera IconSgt Don McLean and Sen. Const. Barry Turner said White Ribbon Australia’s focus is on promoting gender equality in communities to eliminate gendered violence. Credit: Bella Kitchen

White Ribbon Day is a global movement that focuses on making personal and community change to prevent violence against women and children.

South West family violence coordinator Sgt Don McLean said violence against women impacts families, the community and the nation.

“The day asks the community to stop and hear the message that violence against women is not acceptable in any situation,” Sgt McLean said.

“The majority of the violence against women is perpetrated by men, it’s a gendered issue.

The South West has been involved in the movement for 15 years, it is a male led movement to put a voice forward to take a stand against this violence.

A silent march will take place at 10.30am November 20, from the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery through the Bunbury CBD.

There is a community service at 11am at Anzac Park with a commemorative wreath laying, followed by a community barbecue from midday.

Following White Ribbon Day is “16 Days in WA”, an initiative based from the “16 days of activism against gendered-based violence”.

The international campaign aims to raise awareness, increase positive actions; and indicate organisations, agencies, communities and individuals working to end violence against women.

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