White Ribbon Family Day Celebrates Campaign to End Violence Towards Women

White Ribbon Family Day Celebrates Campaign to End Violence Towards Women
November 2014

South Auckland came alive on 29 November as the White Ribbon Family Day was celebrated again as part of the ongoing efforts to raise further awareness about ending violence towards women.

The campaign invited families, communities and organisations to converge and come together in central Manukau on Saturday 29 November 2014, to celebrate the many men willing to show leadership and commitment to promoting safe, healthy relationships within families and to encourage men to challenge each other on attitudes and behaviour that are abusive.

According to statistics, violence is endemic within New Zealand with one in three women experiencing violence from a partner in their lifetime, while on average, fourteen women are killed each year by a member of their own family.
Key statistics
- 50% of the 126 family violence deaths in Aotearoa New Zealand from 2009 to 2012 were IPV (Iintimate PpartnerVviolencet).
- 73% of the deaths refer to women killed by their male intimate partners.

White Ribbon is an international movement to end men’s violence towards women. Each November, White Ribbon runs a month-long campaign revolving around 25 November, White Ribbon Day.

The free Family Day event provided entertainment for all families, with kids enjoying bouncy castles, dance bands and more. White Ribbon riders, who travel the length of the country, supported the event with their presence.

Amongst other distinguished speakers, Auckland Mayor Len Brown was the chief guest and addressed the gathering in support of the campaign. Visitors and families also learned about various efforts to end violence towards women through the information stalls from some government and non-government organisations.