NCNS, as part of the Nepean Domestic Violence Network, were amazed by the level of support from the Penrith and wider communities, for White Ribbon Day. Held on Monday, 25 November, it was a great morning, with a sausage sizzle by the Rural Fire Service, thousands of White Ribbons, bookmarks, and wristbands given away, tons of Oaths signed, and lots of conversation about White Ribbon Day.
White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. White Ribbon Day is an annual campaign for global recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Wearing the ribbon means that you do not support or condone the use of violence against women or children, and take an oath that you will never commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women.
The NDVN’s aim was to raise awareness and gain support for this very important movement – did you know that at least 1 woman every week is killed by a current or former intimate partner? We gave away around 3000 White Ribbons, and spoke to countless men, women and young people. So we really got that message out there!
We had dozens of volunteers from services all over Penrith – NCNS alone had staff from our Kingswood Park, South Penrith, Glenmore Park and Cranebrook centres!
Police from the Penrith LAC not only put in a huge effort in organising the day, but helped out with serving at the BBQ, and engaging with the community. Other services helping out included the Penrith Community Health Centre, Wentworth Community Housing, FACS, Salvos Counselling, Probation & Parole, IVPRS, Penrith City Council, Penrith DV Services, St Clair Community Health Centre and St Marys Community Health Centre. We even had Phil Gould and Fiona Scott helping out and showing their support. We thank you all – the day would not have been as successful without you!
A big highlight for me was seeing how many young people stopped on their way to school, taking ribbons, talking to us about violence, and fully supporting this cause. Never underestimate our young people – their hearts and vision will take you by surprise!