by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
The sixth annual White Ribbon Day event was held by 5THE FM on Tuesday 25th November in the radio station’s garden with local singer/songwriter Leah Briggs performing a song, Breaking down the Walls, written for all women experiencing violence.
White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10)
White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women.
Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries.
For six years, White Ribbon Ambassadors and guest speakers from various parts of the community who are regularly involved in the effects of domestic violence, have spoken of their experiences. These have included former WR Mayor Mark Braes, 5THE FM Chairman Boyd Groeneveld – solicitor, Paul Ashworth – Police, Phil Golding – Mental Health, Dr Stephan VanEeden – medical, Senior Sergeant 1st Class Peter Brown – police, and 5THE FM volunteer Chantelle who spoke on the horrors of violence against women in her home country of the Congo.
WR Ambassador Phil Golding said he heard on the ABC just that morning, the Turkish President say, he always thought the male was superior. He went on to say that women can’t work in the fields when they are pregnant, they can’t dig holes so they are inferior. The President also said obstetric services are not natural and he doesn’t believe in caesarean births!
Mr Golding highlighted the effects of culture, tradition, gender and post trauma, that have an effect on a man becoming violent. He said, by nature, a man is stronger and usually bigger than a woman and instead of a loving response he can respond with violence. He encouraged everyone to have sensible conversations with family and friends and with each other.
5THE FM’s Rebekah led the event with statistics of women suffering violence at the hands of a loved one or partner, at least one woman a week dies as a result of domestic violence. One in every three women will experience violence at the hands of a man in her lifetime.
Mr Golding read the Commissioner for Victims Rights Mr Michael O’Connell poem titled ‘If I were a Woman.’
Leah Briggs sang a moving tribute to victims of domestic violence. Breaking down the Walls; it will be on her soon to be released EP.
WR Ambassadors and friends took part in the traditional White Ribbon March through George Street and a BBQ provided by 5THE FM was cooked by Allan Crowe and Bill Thoroughgood.