SDRC councillor Neil Meiklejohn and CEO Rod Ferguson with a white ribbon to symbolise White Ribbon Day.
SDRC councillor Neil Meiklejohn and CEO Rod Ferguson with a white ribbon to symbolise White Ribbon Day.

Ribbons aim to end violence

IF you’re a man, today is the day to make a promise to change or to keep on a path of respect.

Today marks White Ribbon Day, a campaign to end violence against women by encouraging men to take positive action to create change.

Domestic violence does not affect faceless women, with the existence of the Warwick Domestic Violence Strategy Group testament the issue occurs here. One in three Australian women will experience physical or sexual violence in their life.

Taking a stand against violence is prominent Warwick figure and Southern Downs Regional councillor Neil Meiklejohn who today will wear a white ribbon as a visual symbol of his commitment and oath.

“In swearing an oath and wearing a white ribbon, men and boys are positive role models and advocates for change by challenging behaviours and attitudes that has allowed violence against women to occur,” Cr Meiklejohn said.

“These are not faceless women. These women are our mothers, daughters, wives, girlfriends, work colleagues and neighbours.

“I’m grateful and fortunate in having a loving wife Sharyn and two beautiful children – Jacob and Caitlyn. I’m overwhelmed by those emotions and the sad realisation not all families have been fortunate to have had the same experience.

“Ambassadors are men who are leaders in their careers, sporting code or communities and who actively support the White Ribbon Campaign and encourage other men and boys to become aware and engaged in the campaign.

“Kev Carmody, SDRC mayor Ron Bellingham and I are just three White Ribbon ambassadors.”

Today wear black with a white ribbon to mark the beginning of 16 days of activism to end violence against women.

The oath

I swear: Never to commit violence against women, never to excuse violence against women, and never to remain silent about violence against women.

This is your oath. Join with us and make it your oath too.


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