Appeal to combat violence against women

White Ribbon Australia has put the call out for support of its Tax Appeal campaign to stop violence against women.

By Matthew Sims

White Ribbon Australia has put the call out for Australians to put the end to violence against women.

As part of their Tax Appeal campaign, the organisation has requested donations before Thursday, June 30.

White Ribbon Australia director Allan Ball said the organisation’s community engagement programs aimed to deliver solutions aimed at a local level.

“Social norms that green-light disrespect, abuse and sexual harassment are drivers of men’s violence against women,” he said.

“Being a ‘little bit’ sexist isn’t okay – not in the pub, on the sporting field, or in the family home.

“As a society, we need to change these norms by supporting whole-of-population initiatives that address beliefs about rigid gender stereotypes and power.”

Community partner Penny Marangos said White Ribbon Australia’s primary prevention work in communities would be essential to addressing the drivers of violence against women.

“As a victim-survivor of gendered violence myself, being a community partner has been incredibly empowering,” she said.

“It has enabled me to use the knowledge that I’ve gained, as well as my personal experience, to go out into my community and start a narrative about the causes of gendered violence and how we can prevent that from happening in future.”