Hurunui Mayor supports the White Ribbon Campaign

Monday 11 November

Today marks the start of the 2013 White Ribbon Campaign to end men’s violence towards women. This kicks off with Mayors throughout the country taking The Pledge ‘to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women’.

White Ribbon is an international movement that began in Canada but has increasingly been gathering the attention of New Zealanders. Its focus is to change attitudes and behaviours around men’s violence towards women. This year, the campaign will focus on asking men to take ‘The Pledge’ and encouraging them to build it into their daily lives.

Leading the way is Hurunui’s Mayor, Winton Dalley who says, “I’m proud to take this pledge and demonstrate my commitment to ending violence in our country. We all have a role to play in changing attitudes and turning a blind eye to violence simply has not worked. If we could prevent just one woman from being hospitalised or one child from experiencing violence would make the white ribbon campaign worthwhile”.

The Pledge asks men to never ‘commit, condone or remain silent’ about violence towards women. The Pledge can be taken online at www.whiteribbon.org.nz. The Pledge lets men know that thousands of New Zealanders have got their back, and support their decision to help make Aotearoa a violence-free country.

Mayor Dalley urges everyone to take The Pledge. “If we all take responsibility to reduce the appalling levels of violence in our society, we can and we will make a difference.”

Judge Boshier, White Ribbon Chair agrees. “While most men are not violent, most violence is perpetrated by men. We know that one of the best ways to change behaviour is to change social norms. Right now, far too many people still think that violence is acceptable. And in too many cases, their friends and colleagues don’t speak up. It is that silence that leads men to believe violence is okay.

 

For further information:

 

Audrey van der Monde
Manager Community and Corporate Services
P: 03 314 0012
audrey.vandermonde@hurunui.govt.nz