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November 2013 News

Men: will you stand against violence?

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio has challenged 1000 men to join him in standing against violence against women Photo: Ian Anderson

At least one woman is killed every week in Australia by a current or former partner.

According to the 2013 World Health Organisation report on violence against women, intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide.

Mayor of Toowoomba, Paul Antonio, believes it is time to do something about this tragic issue that confronts our society.

“I have issued a challenge to the community: I would like at least 1000 men to join me in swearing an oath never to commit, excuse, or be silent about violence against women,” said Mayor Antonio.

An event organised by the Mayor will take place at Queens Park, 6:45am on Monday November 25 to mark the annual White Ribbon Day.

“White Ribbon Day is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,” said the Mayor. “As such, men and women are encouraged to wear a symbolic white ribbon on 25 November.”

The Mayor is not only hoping that people wear the white ribbon, but he is also planning on forming the 1000 men gathered together into a giant human white ribbon, with an aerial photograph to mark the symbolic occasion.

“This challenge is about showing the community, and indeed the nation, that Toowoomba says no to violence,” he said. “The symbolism of 1000 men gathered on that day will be very moving.”

A community breakfast will also be served by a range of service clubs, and the Mayor said he was hopeful the Queensland Premier will be joining the men to swear the oath.

“Gather your brothers, sons, fathers, friends and work colleagues, and let’s make a stand against domestic violence,” said Mayor Antonio.

6:45am, Monday November 25, Queens Park, Cnr Margaret & Hume Sts

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