Thursday 12 November 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council will participate in White Ribbon Day on Wednesday 25 November by confirming its commitment to stopping violence against women and children.
South East Women and Children’s Services and Council staff, including Council’s Brighter Futures team, will make a presentation to Council and the public about the positive role that men can play in preventing violence against women and children.
Mayor Michael Britten said the presentation will foster understanding and encourage male leadership in the prevention of violence against women and children, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.
“The White Ribbon Campaign encourages men to speak out against domestic violence and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of those men who use or condone violence against women,” he said.
“This is a campaign that involves the broader community because, sadly, domestic violence is a scourge that in one way or another affects many people.
“We are asking the people, and particularly the men of the Bega Valley Shire to support SEWACS and Council’s Brighter Futures team in their work towards the elimination of domestic and family violence in our community,” Cr Britten said.
The public forum will be held at 1pm on Wednesday 25 November in the Bega Valley Shire Council Chamber, before the regular Council meeting.