Intimate partner violence affects as many as 30 per cent of women worldwide and Australia is not immune. Figures reveal that over one third of all homicides take place in a domestic setting and that 73 per cent of those involve a woman being killed by her male partner.
In light of White Ribbon Day on Monday 25 November, there are a number of events taking place throughout the coming weeks, focusing on raising awareness of the serious community concerns of domestic violence against women.
Here are our picks for some fun ways to be involved in raising funds to help White Ribbon spread the word on safer relationships.
Walk in My Shoes
The Walk in My Shoes project celebrates the brave actions of women who have walked out of domestic violence. It is presented as a display of both women’s and children’s shoes, each accompanied by a success story, to recognise the courage these women have shown.
Building Healthy Relationships Seminar
The Building Healthy Relationships seminar and workshop are free for both women and men, providing professional information to empower all in making informed decisions for themselves and their families. The issues addressed during the day will include family conflict and the effects of violence on children.
Tuesday 26 November – Castle Grand Community Centre, Sydney
Meminar Ngangg Gimba
A guest speaker will launch the Meminar Ngangg Gimba art exhibition that tells their story and journey through having experienced the violence and the emotional healing process which followed. Running for one week, the exhibition supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children who are dealing with violence in the Mallee.
An Evening with Hoges
Attend An Evening with Hoges for a chance to see Australian comedian and actor Paul Hogan live while also supporting a fantastic cause. For each A-reserve ticket bought using the code ‘LEGEND’, the show will donate $14 to White Ribbon.
Tuesday 19 November – Sunday 15 December – Princess Theatre, Melbourne
PhotoSTOP Violence Against Women
Young men have used disposable cameras to capture and reflect their understanding of the White Ribbon campaign, gender equality and healthy relationships. The photographic medium encourages realistic, abstract and imaginative responses to the brief. The launch of PhotoSTOP Violence Against Women will be celebrated with music, from hip-hop group Raw Elements, food and prizes.
Strength for Women
Strength for Women is a strengthening workout focusing on encouraging and inspiring women of all ages and abilities to live healthier lifestyles. Every woman who attends the workout is invited to join the proceeding lunch.
Saturday 7 December – Instyle Health Club, Melbourne
Men Achieving Peaceful Solutions
Men Achieving Peaceful Solutions is a free workshop for men to become more aware of their attitudes towards women and other aspects of life; finding the best ways to become better, more empowered men.
Saturday 7 December – Suffolk Park Community Centre, Byron Bay
White Ribbon Gala
The Byron Bay White Ribbon Gala is a star embossed Gala of music, comedy and dance which asks attendees to don white. All funds raised will be donated to the Emergency Relief Fund for the Byron Shire, with White Ribbon merchandise available for purchase.
Wednesday 18 December – Byron Bay Community Centre, Byron Bay
White Ribbon Vigil and March
And for another all-white event, head on down to Railway Park for the Byron Bay White Ribbon Vigil and March wearing your favourite white outfit. Hear moving speeches and stories from both men and women, including a few local White Ribbon ambassadors. Then afterwards, join in on the march to the Jonson Street roundabout and back, where everyone will be free to enjoy the live music.
Wednesday 18 December – Railway Park, Byron Bay
Originally published at Everguide.