Mick Gentleman will tonight (Wednesday) host the White Ribbon ambassador event at the ACT Legislative Assembly.
The member for Brindabella said: “I have been working with the Canberra community as an Ambassador since 2004, and it is a great honour to be able to host this White Ribbon Ambassadors event to raise awareness for such a worthwhile cause.”
The event comes ahead of White Ribbon Day, which is celebrated on 25 November, to help raise awareness for the elimination of violence against women.
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White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day, on 10 December.
“It’s important that as a government and as a community we get the message out there that violence against women is never ok and this is what the White Ribbon Ambassadors hard work is aimed at achieving,” Gentleman said.
The ambassadors are men who recognise the importance of men taking responsibility and playing a leadership role in preventing men’s violence against women.
They are formal representatives of White Ribbon Australia who have the knowledge, skills, attributes and determination to influence Australian men to critically evaluate their attitudes and behaviours toward women.
“The event today will see these White Ribbon Ambassadors come together and talk about the work they have been carrying out in the community throughout the year, and future work they will look at undertaking,” Gentleman added.
“Meetings like this are critical for this organisation, as it provides a forum to talk about ongoing issues, and also set out objectives.”