This year’s White Ribbon events and activities are an opportunity for every member of community to say “No more!” to violence against women, Labor candidate for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said today.
“The Australian component of the International Violence Against Women Survey found that well over half (57%) of Australian women report experiencing at least one incident of physical violence or sexual violence by a man over their lifetime,” Ms Chesters said.
“This is a heart breaking statistic. No one can argue that violence does not have a profound and damaging impact on its victims and on the community as a whole. That is why the White Ribbon Campaign and Foundation is so important.
“The White Ribbon Campaign is a unique campaign by men for men with women’s support, to prevent and reduce violence against women and girls. I strongly believe that this approach is vital if, as a community, we are going to stamp out this form of violence.
“In 2007, the White Ribbon Foundation was established with a recognition that achieving attitude change towards violence requires a long term and high profile commitment to working within communities to engage men and boys.
“In 2011-12 White Ribbon Foundation’s funding source breakdown comprised – 34% Federal Labor Government funding; 4% State Government; 23% merchandise sales; 15% fundraising and community events; 24% donations and corporate partnerships.
“Federal Labor has and will continue funding and supporting organisations such as the White Ribbon Foundation as it is committed to working for a safe and secure life for all Australians.
“This year, over 220 events have been registered on the White Ribbon website including a number of events in Bendigo and Central Victoria.
“I will be joining community members at the Family Violence Prevention Network White Ribbon community event on the 23rd November from 12pm-2pm in the Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo.”