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White Ribbon Day

Today is White Ribbon Day – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Here in Australia, the aim is to try and get men and boys to take action to eliminate abuse of women with an offshoot at http://www.myoath.com.au/. It’s a great step which involves a lot of high profile men including our PM and an iconic rugby league player among others. Targetting men and boys in this positive manner is great because research shows that violence tends to occur when men think it is acceptable or that they are entitled to dominate their family or that this is the only way to solve problems.

It is definitely more important to catch them young and to educate them. Violence is unacceptable. Towards your partner or your child. I remember attending a forum a month ago as part of work where one of the speakers stated that something like 6 out of 10 young men under the age of 16 think it is okay to be abusive towards women if they don’t behave in an ‘acceptable’ manner or if they change their minds about having sex at the last minute. That statistic really scared me.

Where do these young boys get such ideas?  (Rugby league perhaps???)
And that’s why a day such as today is so important.

It’s important to educate these young boys that violence of any form is not acceptable.

That women have a right to say no.

That they can stand up to their mates who are abusive towards their partners.

Even if we can start with a few, hopefully in the coming years, we will see a lot more change. And hopefully, the young boys in the future will have better role models in their fathers and other high profile males.

So wear a white ribbon today and show your support.

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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    Magali
    November 25, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Loved your post. Such statistics scare me too. Is this really what a majority of men think?
    But as you pointed out, it is not these individual young boys who are to be blamed but the entire system that is to blame. And it’s everyone’s duty to show these poor misguided boys the right way.

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    Nu
    November 25, 2009 at 9:25 am

    YAY ! I’m thankful to you to have always shared facts and news with us and enriching us in knowledge. I’ll surely wear a white ribbon..anything for a good cause !

    Well this look seems to be more of your blog style,right ? Nice change 🙂 Have replied to you on FB

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    Haddock
    November 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Its a step in the right direction.

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    MilesPerHour
    November 25, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing this with those of us on the other side of the world. i will be sure to pass this on.

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    British Thoughts
    November 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    That was informative,thank you for sharing!

    To be abusive towards any woman,even if she did something horrible,according to me is the worst low a person can get to!It’s something uncivilized!

    Well it would have been nice if there was an International Day for the Elimination of Violence against MEN 😛

    I’m serious though!

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    Titaxy
    November 28, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    didn’t know about the white ribbon day, thanks for sharing the info…

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    ani_aset
    December 19, 2009 at 6:56 am

    i’m late should have done something about this issue..love and care can solve more problems..than violence which creates more problems..i dunno whyits so difficult to understand

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