Background – History of Committee
White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. The White Ribbon vision is that all women live in safety free from all forms of men’s violence.
Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries and began in Australia in 2003.
White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).
The Hepburn White Ribbon Committee (HWRC) was established in 2016 to join the International White Ribbon Day (WRD) campaign to eliminate violence against women in our society. HWRC works with all sectors of the community to create social awareness and cultural change around the issue of violence against women.
HWRC will support community event each year on 25th November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women)as well as ongoing education and awareness raising activities.
Goal of the Hepburn Shire White Ribbon Committee
The goal of HWRC is ending violence against women in all its forms. We work towards this in six ways:
- Challenging men to speak out, and think about their own beliefs, language and actions.
- Enlightening young people, especially young men and boys, on the issue through education and being proactive.
- Raising public awareness of the issue.
- Inducting White Ribbon (WR) Ambassadors each year. WR Ambassadors will be encouraged to attend training and actively promote White Ribbon at fundraising opportunities, speaking engagements and community functions.
- Working in partnership with a variety of sectors including; community organisations, businesses, the media and other partners to create a future with no violence against women and children.
- Supporting White Ribbon Campaigns with our experience, resources and networks.
White Ribbon Ambassadors
The initiative of men as WR ambassadors invites men to stand up in the Hepburn Shire community and say no to violence against women. Hepburn Shire White Ribbon Day Ambassadors are considered to be exemplary role models, inspiring and motivational leaders and are representative of the male community.
The committee reserves the right to rescind the title of WR ambassador and any association with the HWRDC if it is found by the HWRC that the WR ambassador is not fit to be an ambassador either through his own actions or by association with others.
The HWRC will be made up of a range of people with an interest in family violence prevention and include at least one Councillor. Committee membership shall be reviewed each year.
There is an expectation of attendance at committee meetings which will be held at least four times each year. A Council Officer will provide executive support to the HWRC.
The Committee reserves the right to rescind membership to the committee at any time.
Committee Members (as at March 2018)
Cr Greg May (Chair)
Cr Kate Redwood
Ambassadors (as at March 2018)
Noel (Doug) Garth