Release date: Tue, 15th, Nov. 2016

White Ribbon Day will be held on 25 November 2016 and this year BCH have a male-led movement to show their support to ending all forms of violence against women.

Violence against women takes many forms including physical or sexual assault, verbal abuse, economic disempowerment and deliberate social isolation.

“Our male staff are 100% determined to contribute to the cause of ending all forms of discrimination against women. Whether it be harassment in the workplace, pay disparity or the most extreme- physical violence, BCH staff- both male and female do not accept any forms of mistreatment of women, ever.” Chief Executive Officer Robyn Reeves said.

“As a community health organisation, we see firsthand the impact of violence against women. Women and children are unable to live safely in their homes forcing homelessness and financial insecurity upon them. Other impacts include substance abuse, mental illness, social isolation and poor general health. Children may often miss school and suffer anxiety and behavioural difficulties as well,” Reeves said.

BCH will demonstrate its commitment to the White Ribbon cause through the following activities:

  1. Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at 6:00pm there will be a public lecture and discussion held at BCH Sebastopol featuring a discussion from Sergeant Justin Johnston of the Victoria Police Divisional Family Violence Unit, explaining the work of the Unit and the impacts of family violence in the region. All are welcome to attend.
  2. Friday 25th November 2016 at 6:00pm there will be a further public lecture at the Lucas site with a discussion from Barry Kay, president of the White Ribbon Committee, Ballarat, looking at the work of White Ribbon and what can be done to reduce family violence. All are welcome.
  3. Friday 25th November 2016 at 11:30am there will be a ceremony at the Ballarat Town Hall where men from the community can take the opportunity to formally affirm their opposition to family violence and their commitment to working to reduce/eliminate it.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. The White Ribbon in Australia is a recognised symbol of zero tolerance to violence against women.