||Issue No. 289||11 November 2005|
The Great Repression
Interview: Public Defender
Legal: Craig's Story
Unions: Wrong Way, Go Back
Politics: Queue Jumping
History: Iron Heel
Economics: Waging War
International: Under Pressure
Poetry: Billy Negotiates An AWA
Review: A Pertinent Proposition
The Locker Room
We're Just Serfin'
To the Shredder
Letters to the Editor
In view of the acknowledgement by the author of the Tool of the Week that domestic violence rates are soaring and recent reports in the media confirming that this is so, I thought it appropriate that you might want to mention in your "Activists What's On" section that Friday 25 November is White Ribbon Day.
Also known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, it is an opportunity for community groups to focus on a problem that affects many people in Australia and internationally.
On 17 December 1999 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The resolution was supported by Australia and since this date the event has been marked with a range of community activites.
Wearing a white ribbon on 25 November is seen as a personal pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Violence against women and girls affects everyone in the community. Men's lives are personally affected if their girlfriends, wives, daughters, mothers, grandmothers or sisters experience violence or the threat of violence.
Harmful attitudes and beliefs in the community are also a very important part of the problem, and tackling these will assist in building a community that is safer for women and girls.
Further information may be obtained from The Office of Women, Department of Family and Community Services (www.ofw.facs.gov.au) or from www.whiteribbonday.org.au
I also note that this is a very positive event for both women and men to unite behind in confronting the ugliness of domestic violence and to build community support for an issue that directly affects many working women and their sisters.
Julianne Taverner, NSW
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