Public sector marks White Ribbon Day

By David Donaldson

November 25, 2016

Government departments and agencies around Australia are participating in the campaign to end men’s violence against women for White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon global movement co-founder Dr Michael Kaufman spoke to Defence personnel on Wednesday. Speaking at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Kaufman said the ADF was creating history.

“It is the first defence force in the world that has gone through such a systematic program to address issues around violence, responses to violence, and how to create healthier workplace gender relations,” he said.

“Other armed forces have done bits and pieces but when you think about how far it has come, the ADF is an inspiration to the rest of the world.”

Defence personnel make the White Ribbon Oath with the co-founder of the White Ribbon global movement, Dr Michael Kaufman, during his presentation on Wednesday.
Defence personnel make the White Ribbon Oath with the co-founder of the White Ribbon global movement, Dr Michael Kaufman, during his presentation on Wednesday.

From 25 November, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which raises awareness and galvanises action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

New South Wales Police shared a video of some of its officers taking the White Ribbon oath against violence.

Victorian landmarks will be turning orange at part of the 16 days of activism campaign, while Melbourne’s CBD will see a Walk Against Violence from 1-3pm today, starting from Federation Square.


 

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