White Ribbon

What is White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day is on 25 November, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The White Ribbon campaign was initiated by a group of Canadian men in 1991 in response to one man's massacre of fourteen women at a Montreal University in 1989. People from over 57 countries participate in this annual campaign at present.

The Australian White Ribbon campaign encourages men to take a stand to assert that violence against women and their children, in any form, is never acceptable. 

Why does Moreland Council support White Ribbon Day (Heading 3 format)

The impact of violence against women in Australia generates profound personal, social and economic costs for individuals and communities.  One in three Australian women over the age of 15 has experienced physical violence at some time in their lives.  Police reports show that on average more than one woman is killed every week in Australia by a current or former male partner. 

Moreland City Council is committed to preventing family violence.  Council’s Preventing Family Violence in Moreland Strategy 2016-2020 acknowledges the importance of local partnerships and that addressing family violence requires a whole-of-community response to achieve long-term positive outcomes.

White Ribbon Day 2017

Council's White Ribbon Action Team organised a community march on 24 November from Coburg Town Hall to Victoria Street Mall.  Moreland councillors, employees and representatives of Council partner organisations joined the march to raise awareness to stop violence against women.

White Ribbon Day video

Moreland men pledge their support for the White Ribbon campaign and talk about their commitment to help end violence against women.

A short animation on the White Ribbon Day campaign, providing information about where and how to get help if you are experiencing issues with anger or abuse.

Information about family violence and support

Information about what family violence is and where to find family violence help services is available on Council's website.