White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon is a male led campaign against intimate partner violence against women. Today is “white ribbon day”.

From their website:

“Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide, according to the 2013 World Health Organization report Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence.

And Australia is not immune.

Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia where:

Research indicates that:

But there is hope, because research also shows that:

http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

It is worth questioning though really, in a society where the structure and institutions that create this society uphold patriarchy, male domination, gendered identities and power imbalances, is a government funded professional program going to make an impact? From my own experience obviously I think education is important and can have an impact around gendered identities, attitudes and power… but when everything else is working to reinforce the ideas we are trying to challenge, what more can we do to challenge the system itself?

At the same time, a male led program around intimate partner violence is not too often seen, when it is men that should definitely be challenging socialised attitudes of men towards women, relationships and violence.

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