CAMPASPE Shire Council is leading the way in showing its support for White Ribbon Day.
The Campaspe In White competition has kicked off with the council decorating its Echuca offices in white.
And is now urging all businesses and schools across the shire to follow suit.
The aim is to show the community’s support in saying no to violence against women throughout the month in November.
The White Ribbon Day campaign recognises the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women.
Through a range of initiatives that engage schools, workplaces and the community, White Ribbon supports boys and men to lead positive social change.
The campaign is a way for men to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of men who use or condone violence against women.
Mayor Adrian Weston said council started its campaign in 2014, raising awareness of violence against women and children on White Ribbon Day, and in 2015 became an accredited White Ribbon Workplace.
“The White Ribbon event puts into perspective just how real the issue of violence against women is, with one in three women having experienced physical and/or sexual violence from someone they know,’’ he said.
Campaspe In White is a competition across the shire encouraging businesses and schools to dress up in white signifying coming together, uniting the community as one in a quest to make a stand on violence against women. Participating businesses can upload images of their shopfronts to social media tagging @campaspeshire with the hashtag #campaspeinwhite.
‘‘We invite all community members to participate in community initiatives that include decorating their business or school in white during November and wearing white to work/school on Wear White to Work Day, Friday, 24 November,’’ Cr Weston said.
Council will also hold a free community morning tea at 11am in recognition of White Ribbon Day on the Friday at the Echuca Civic Centre.
Everyone is invited to attend wearing their white where a human white ribbon will be formed and photographed from the air.
Winners of the Campaspe In White competition will be announced on the day with advertising packages donated by event sponsor, Riverine Herald, Campaspe News and Kyabram Free Press.
To find out more or to register your support contact Jacquie Bruns on 54812206 or [email protected]
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT for advice or support.
In an emergency, call 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.