White Ribbon Day unites Logan
Published: 25 November 2016
Logan’s leaders have united to call for end violence against women as events across the world were staged to honour White Ribbon Day.
With 25 November declared the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the local observance of the anniversary was an opportunity to launch a new initiative to promote respectful relationships.
Logan City Council is one of a number of organisations supporting the Logan Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence, a campaign developed by the Logan: City of Choice initiative that aims to spread the message about respectful relationships and change attitudes towards domestic and family violence.
Council’s White Ribbon Ambassador, Councillor Steve Swenson, said the campaign was designed for the community, to be delivered by the community.
"This campaign has been developed in response to the high rates of violence in family and partner relationships in Queensland and across the city," Cr Swenson said.
"We want to lead the way in preventing and reducing violence in Queensland and Australia, and I'm very proud to stand behind this project."
Fellow White Ribbon ambassador, Cr Russell Lutton, said Council had pledged $7,500 to help fund a campaign worker.
Mayor Luke Smith announced the funding during White Ribbon Day, and he and Cr Lutton encourage the community to support the campaign.
“That campaign worker will meet with local businesses, community groups, service clubs, schools and other organisations to help them spread the word about preventing and reducing violence,” Cr Lutton said.
“This is not about just getting together once a year to put the spotlight on domestic and family violence.
“Every person in our community needs to commit to change by sharing the message as often as possible that violence against women is unacceptable and must end.”
People will gather at Logan Brothers Rugby League Club from 3.15pm tomorrow for a White Ribbon Day community event.
To find out more about the Logan Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence campaign, including details on how to donate, visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/cityofchoice