White Ribbon Day
The White Ribbon Campaign is a campaign to change attitudes and behaviours around men's violence towards women with a view to ending violence.
The Campaign began in Canada in 1991 following the massacre of 14 women at a Polytechnic in 1989 that was explained by the killer to be an anti-feminist protest. The White Ribbon campaign movement involves more than 60 countries around the world.
New Zealand supports White Ribbon Day with local events taking place nationwide on 25th November. Stay connected through our Are they OK? facebook page
This campaign led by a local Pacifica leader in our Collaboration, brought together Canterbury Pacifica Ministers and Youth Leaders to take a stand against violence in their communities. Ministers and leaders from four large local churches launched campaigns in their own congregations promoting the message in both Samoan and English that violence is not acceptable.
The campaign also targeted Pacifica young people through radio advertisements on Mai FM, written and voiced by local Pacifica Youth Leaders. These advertisements which played over four weeks encouraged Pacifica young people to seek help for themselves and their families if they were experiencing violence.
The campaign was launched at CPIT in late 2013 with the moving Pacifica Proud Play ‘My Father’s Hand’ and will continue throughout 2015.
Impact on Canterbury families/whānau - Canterbury families/whānau within the local Pacifica community gain the opportunity to learn about family violence in their own language from their own leaders.
CFVC Reference Group
The Collaboration maintains strong links with other regional Family Violence Networks and National Initiatives.
- Through its Reference Group Chair and Prevention Work Stream Members the Collaboration provides ongoing mentoring and support to the South Canterbury Families without Violence Network and the Kaikoura Violence Free Network. It also maintains a close connection to the North Canterbury Family Violence Prevention Network through exchanging resources and expertise.
- The Collaboration maintains strong relationships with the Guiding Coalition and the Family Violence Task Force. This includes delivering presentations to the Guiding Coalition and Task Force for Action on Violence within Families representatives, and providing updates and exchanging information on an ongoing basis.
- The work of the Collaboration represents a significant contribution to and ongoing support for national family violence prevention campaigns such as It’s Not Ok, Pacifica Proud, White Ribbon and E tu whānau.
- The Collaboration contributed to the Glenn Inquiry.
- The Collaboration has provided support for the launch and ongoing roll out of the Loves Me Not programme in Canterbury through the provision of NGO trainers and promotion of the programme within local high schools.