Emerge were proud to be involved in last years White Ribbon event, ‘Walk against Violence’ which took place on the 25th of November in central Melbourne.
The walk gained the support of participants such as Father Bob McGuire and Melbourne Storm who individually pledged the oath which many other prominent Australian male figures have already pledged in media campaigns across Australia ‘I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women’.
The White Ribbon Campaign raises awareness annually in acknowledgement of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on the November 25. The Campaign aims to provide awareness about the positive role men can play in bringing about an end to violence against women.
Emerge played an important role in the organisation of the walk which supports the White Ribbon aim of building knowledge and understating of effective ways to stop violence against women.
The participants listened to speeches from key people and watched “Dancing with the Stars” contestants perform before moving together toward Federation Square. Approximately 150 people walked from AAMI stadium to Federation Square where the walk against violence participants met with others involved in white ribbon events. Emerge was one of many family violence services who participated in the walk, playing the role of music makers, ringing bells and shaking maracas to accompany the chant ‘break the silence on family violence’.
Emerge was pleased to be part of the organising committee and look forward to this year’s event.
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