White Ribbon was developed out of a disaster that traumatised a nation in December 1989. A man walked into the Ecole Polytechnique University in Montreal and massacred fourteen of his female classmates. Two years later a handful of men in Toronto decided to speak out and put a stop to men's violence against women. From that time the White Ribbon Campaign in Canada became an annual event.
White Ribbon began in Australia in 2003 and was formerly known as UNIFEM (now UN Women). Australia's organisation relies on the support, commitment and generosity of individuals, groups, businesses and governments as well as the community. All funds raised support best practice primary intervention activities along with changing the behaviours and attitudes.
Support to prevent men's violence against women (Photo courtesy of White Ribbon Facebook Page)
In Australia 1.2 million women are currently in or have been in an intimate relationship which is deemed as violent. On average in Australia, one woman is killed every week and the statistics are growing. It is now common in Brisbane to hear of women being slain from domestic violence situations.
Listed below are the numbers to ring if any women are in need of assistance.
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) is a 24-hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australians who are experiencing, or are at a risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Lifeline has a national number which operates on a 24-hour basis and who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State. The number is 131 114.
There are several forms of violence (Photo courtesy White Ribbon Facebook Page)
We never know when violence can affect our loved ones and the unfortunate occurrence could be someone very close to you. If you cannot make it on the day, you may like to give a donation or take the White Ribbon Oath. How to do this and many other interesting facts including, governance, careers, FAQ's, Fact Sheets Video's, Events, Programs which include youth, school and work places can be found on the website. Actually, their website is very informative.
The afternoon event is being run by three ladies who are passionate about this cause and want to make a difference by creating awareness in their community and also by raising funds to assist those in need. Anyone can host an event. All information for hosting can be located on their website with a registration form.
Cost for the Trivia afternoon which includes BBQ lunch is $39.00 per person and tickets can be purchased through StickyTickets.
Get your friends together and put all the frivolous knowledge in your head to the test. Why not dress your team in white to give the day extra bounce. Tickets are limited, so it best to get in as soon as you can to secure your table on the day.