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STAND UP - White Ribbon campaign
18 November 2018
STAND UP - White Ribbon campaign
New Zealand’s White Ribbon organisation is urging Kiwis across the country to stand up and speak out to prevent men’s violence towards women.
In the lead up to the annual White Ribbon Day on 25 November, people across the country are taking the pledge and taking their own stands against family violence.
Rotorua Mayor Chadwick made her commitment this week and signed the pledge to stand up and speak out.
“The work that the White Ribbon organisation does in our communities is so important. We need to make sure this is a conversation we don’t shy away from. It is a community issue and we need a united community to stand up and speak out against violence against women.”
This year the White Ribbon campaign focusses on promoting respectful relationships to prevent men’s violence against women. Men taking the pledge can choose one of eight actions to show their commitment to respectful behaviour that undermines violence.
The eight actions are:
  1. Listening and believing women.
  2. Reflecting on and changing their behaviour.
  3. Disrupting other men’s violence towards women.
  4. Treating women as equals.
  5. Choose how to be a man and how I will act.
  6. Talk to a young man about breaking out of the Man Box (more information below).
  7. Think about what they watch and the media they use.
  8. Talk with young men about respectful relationships and pornography.
The pledge is not just for men, any person can take the pledge and show their commitment to preventing men’s violence against women.
If you would like to STAND UP and take the pledge click HERE
Statistics from White Ribbon NZ
  • New Zealand has the highest rate of reported violence towards women in the developed world
  • Police investigated 118,910 family violence incidents in 2016 or about one every five minutes
  • That’s 41% of a front line officers time
  • One in three women will experience partner violence at some point in their lives
  • Less than 20 percent of abuse cases are reported
  • Approximately 3,500 convictions are recorded against men each year for assaults on women
  • On average, 14 women a year are killed by their partners or ex-partners
  • Between 2009 and 2015, there were 92 IPV (Intimate partner Violence) deaths. In 98% of death events where there was a recorded history of abuse, women were the primary victim, abused by their male partner.