White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is the international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women. In New Zealand, the campaign is proudly led by the Families Commission.
The Kāpiti Coast District Council became the first White Ribbon Council in New Zealand, and possibly the world, on 22 November 2007.
In this country most violence by men against women takes place in the home – with an average of 14 women a year killed by their partners or ex-partners. Each year there are over 3,500 convictions recorded against men for assaults on women and one in five women will experience sexual assault or sexual interference at some point in their lives.
The White Ribbon is a symbol of hope for a world where women and girls can live free from the fear of violence. Wearing the ribbon is about challenging the acceptability of violence – by getting men involved, helping women to break the silence, and encouraging everyone to come together to build a better world for all.
You can help effect change by supporting White Ribbon. Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
If you would like to learn more about White Ribbon Day in New Zealand and "show you're against violence towards women" please visit the official website at www.whiteribbon.org.nz.
The Kāpiti based Voices Against Violence Action Group extended their pledge to "eliminate violence against men, women and children", reflecting the view that violence toward anyone is not ok.
View images from previous White Ribbon Days on the Kāpiti Coast here.