White Ribbon asks men to own their violence

White Ribbon Australia Executive Director, Brad Chilcott, 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty and former SA Premier and CEO of Thrive by Five, Jay Weatherill

White Ribbon has issued a challenge to Australian men to understand and own their role in creating a future where women and children are safe from all forms of men’s violence and abuse, and to commit to meaningful action.

Launching the White Ribbon Day 2021 campaign which will fall on November 19, White Ribbon Australia Executive Director, Brad Chilcott, said turning this national tragedy around would require real, long-term social and cultural transformation and men willing to reflect on their role in achieving that change.

“It’s no longer good enough just to be aware of the problem.

“We need men to choose to be a part of the solution, addressing attitudes, expectations and behaviours that uphold inequality and excuse disrespect.

“We need men who have the tools they need to bring about change, first in ourselves, then in our friendship circles and communities.

“We need every person, every community, every school, every workplace, every sports club and every Government body at all levels to commit to being a part of that change to end all forms of men’s violence against women,” Chilcott said.

He said the focus of this year’s White Ribbon Day campaign was on the action men can take to end violence against women, asking How Can Men Make Change? and calling on communities to Learn, Give, Take Action.

“On average, more than one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence.

“The COVID pandemic has made the situation worse, with lockdowns and social distancing not only creating a spike in violence, but also limiting the ability of victims to seek help,” Chilcott said.

Chilcott is urging the community to host an event this White Ribbon Day, inviting men and all Australians to learn what they can do to be a part of the change and raise funds to support their work in engaging men and boys to create a future free from all forms of men’s violence and abuse.

Media release, Sep 29
White Ribbon Australia