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Community stands as one to say “no” to violence against women

Published: 26 November 2015

Community stands as one to say “no” to violence against women
Hundreds of people gathered at Logan Brothers Rugby League Club to recognise White Ribbon Day on 25 November, 2015.

Hundreds of people holding white balloons gathered in Logan Central on 25 November to create a human ribbon to symbolise the community’s recognition of White Ribbon Day.

The human ribbon, formed on the field at Logan Brothers Rugby League Club, was photographed from the air by the Queensland Police Service and media helicopters.

White Ribbon Day is the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, representing the largest effort of men working to end men's violence against women in the world.

Council’s White Ribbon Day Ambassadors, Deputy Mayor Russell Lutton, Councillor Steve Swenson and Council’s Deputy CEO Oliver Simon, joined the City of Logan’s Mayor, Pam Parker, and community leaders from across the city to send a strong message that violence against women will not be tolerated.

Councillor Lutton said it was important for community leaders to bring the issue of domestic and family violence out in to the open.

“This year has been remarkable in the sense that some very public conversations have started about domestic and family violence, and the negative impacts that violence has on individuals, families and the wider community,” he said.

“It is heartbreaking that some of those conversations started because of the tragic deaths of women who had suffered years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of spouses, partners and family members.

“What we can’t afford to do now is let the memories of those people and the public conversations their tragic situations have sparked trail off into silence and apathy about the issue.”

Councillor Swenson said it was important for the community to support those willing to speak publicly about domestic violence and bring the issue out of the shadows

"By excusing or remaining silent about domestic and family violence, we are enabling this crime to continue,” he said.

“Today is about enabling the silent majority of non-violent men across the globe to unite internationally to publicly say 'no' to violence against women, girls and other family members.”

Logan’s White Ribbon Day event was coordinated by Access Community Services with support from Logan City Council, Logan Elders, Ganyjuu, Wesley Mission, Queensland Police Service, YFS, WAVSS, Centre against Sexual Violence, Aftercare, Youth Off the Streets, Woodridge State High School.

For more information or to swear the oath, visit www.whiteribbon.org.au