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White Ribbon Day events: Victoria

White Ribbon Day events: Victoria

White Ribbon Day was created by a handful of Canadian men in 1991 on the second anniversary of one man's massacre of fourteen women in Montreal. They began the White Ribbon Campaign to urge men to speak out against violence against women. Today hundreds of thousands of white ribbons are worn by men and women across Australia - men at work; men and women in all Australian police forces; men in national and local sporting matches and organisations; men in the media; men and women in politics; men in the defence forces; men and women in capital cities and in rural and regional Australia. There are over 1000 White Ribbon Ambassadors Australia wide and events held across Australia. The events below are for White Ribbon Day, Thursday 25 November 2010 from the White Ribbon Australia website.


White Ribbon on a tree Walk Against Family Violence The Walk Against Family Violence is being organised by many agencies working in the area of preventing and eliminating family violence. Speakers at the Walk will include Father Bob Maguire. Melbourne Storm will join us in walking from the new AAMI Park along the Yarra River to Federation Square to join the Not1More White Ribbon Day event. Register your involvement: AAMI Park, 10.30am-12.30pm Olympic Boulevard Melbourne 3000 Not 1 More Federation Square 10.30am - 8pm A huge variety of White Ribbon activities:

  • music from Kutcha Edwards, the X Factor's Ashlee Belchambers, The Choir of Hope and Inspiration
  • Melbourne Storm players and Father Bob arriving with the Walk Against Family Violence
  • White Ribbon pledges by Ambassadors
  • a loudest shout competition and a competition for the best 'respectful relationship' slogan (prize = 2 Big Day Out tickets)
  • White Ribbon founder Michael Kaufman will be in attendance all the way from Canada, and there will be a special Ambassador segment from 6pm
  • speakers, performers, and music all day. 

Town Hall Luncheon On White Ribbon Day, a luncheon will be held at Melbourne Town Hall for White Ribbon supporters. Speaking at the event will be Michael Kaufman, one of the Canadian founders of the White Ribbon Day Campaign, and Michael Flood, a leading academic who works with engaging men to change attitudes and behaviours about violence against women. Manningham White Ribbon Day Breakfast 2010 Manningham City Council is hosting a White Ribbon Day Breakfast to encourage men in the community to take on the challenge of becoming a White Ribbon Day Ambassador, and not being silent about family violence issues. The theme for this year’s White Ribbon Day Breakfast is "Men Making a Difference" Guest speakers include: Mayor Cr Charles Pick, Phiv Demetriou (AFL), Stephen O'Malley (Leading Firefighter). Special performance by the SasSing Doncare Choir. Manningham City Council 7.15-9.15am Function Room 1 699 Doncaster Rd Doncaster 3108 White Ribbon poster from Flickr March to the Market Join the march on White Ribbon Day, Thursday 25 November to help end violence against women. Meet at 11am at Preston Police Station and join Council staff, police and other locals on a march to Preston Market. Preston Market, 11am-2pm Contact: This Place Nurtures Good Relationships Morning Tea Morning Tea for members of the advisory group for the University's respectful relationships program (This Place Nurtures Good Relationships) and invited La Trobe staff members. La Trobe University Counselling Service 10.30-11.30am Level 2 Peribolos East La Trobe University Bundoora Stand Up Against Violence public forum Join Young UNIFEM Melbourne and hear from local experts in the field about some of the practical ways in which they are combating violence against women through their work. The speakers include Mary Crooks, Brendan Fitzgerald and Sahar Ghaly. Refreshments provided! Tickets from: All funds raised will be distributed evenly between the White Ribbon Foundation and UNIFEM. Queen Victoria Women's Centre, 6pm -8.30pm Level 4 210 Lonsdale Street Melbourne White Ribbon Pledge


A community BBQ to raise awareness of violence against women. Beulah Business Centre 12 - 1pm 77 Phillips St Beulah


Men Marching Against Violence Calling all men! This is your time to stand up to be counted. To make a difference, to provide leadership in this community. At the White Ribbon Day BBQ we will be asking each of you to swear as a declaration that we men say No to Violence Against Women. Benalla Gardens Rose Garden (meet at the Mural) 11.30 am-1pm March starts at 11.30 am, followed by a free BBQ 12 noon -1 pm


Presentation of Swear Jars and Community BBQ Lyttleton Terrace Speeches, presentations of applications, swearing of oaths followed by a community BBQ and entertainment! Civic Gardens, Bendigo 12.15-1.30pm Community Walk A community walk through the City of Bendigo to raise awareness about the prevention of violence against women. Meet at the Centre for Non-Violence 11.50am - 12.20pm Hargreaves Street, Bendigo


A Council staff BBQ lunch to raise the awareness of the prevention of violence against women. Moira Shire municipal offices, 12 noon-1pm 44 Station Street Cobram

Lake Mulwala Yarrawonga Indigenous Community

White Ribbon Day Cruise Community cruise BBQ bringing together community members to eat and talk about family violence in our community. Organised by the Hume Region Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group. Lake Mulwala Yarrawonga Indigenous Community 12 - 3pm


"White-Night" Trivia Night " Wear Something White" as the theme, to focus on White Ribbon Day. Prize for best white outfit. Tickets: $10 Melton Senior Citizens Hall 7.30-10.00pm McKenzie St, Melton


White Ribbon Day BBQ A community BBQ to led by Police, FamilyCare Mitchell Community Health Service and Mitchell Shire. Show bags and giveaways. Safeways Seymour, 11am - 1pm Cnr William Street & Wallis Street Seymour


White Ribbon Day Morning Tea Goulburn Valley Community Health along with Relationships Australia, Marian Community, Rumbalara, The Community Legal Centre and the Victorian Police are hosting a White Ribbon Day morning tea. The Mall, Shepparton 11am-1pm


Community BBQ A free bbq for the community. Merriwa Park, 6pm - 8pm Wangaratta Ryley Street, Wangaratta


Morning Tea Prominent 'Mercy' men from our organisation will publicly sign a pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women. A "white" morning tea will be provided, and ribbons for sale. Werribee Mercy Hospital 10am - 11am 300-310 Princess Highway, Werribee Wyndham Takes a Stand The Wyndham Family Violence Committee will be hosting a free community awareness lunch. This event will provide an opportunity for community members to stand up against violence by participating in a group photo. This photo will then be used to promote the prevention of violence against women message and to demonstrate that the Wyndham community is taking a stand against violence. Werribee Community Centre 12 pm-1pm 3 Princes Hwy Werribee

Image credits

Photos from Flickr: UK White Ribbon poster, pledge closeup and hand painted banner by Clay Jones Creative Commons: Attribution Share Alike icontree ribbon by Tom Cochrane Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic