Students raise awareness of violence against women
Students raise awareness of violence against womenA group of sixteen Year 10 and 11 students have become Damascus White Ribbon Ambassadors, with the aim of raising awareness and educating students about how they can help women to live in safety, free from all forms of men’s violence.
To raise awareness, the group ran a Staff Versus Student Netball game on White Ribbon Day, and also coordinated a series of statistics and information to be distributed to the student body in the lead up to the day, culminating in a quiz for all students.
Mr Matthew Hallowell, VCE Coordinator said that the ambassadors meet monthly to discuss this year’s theme ‘Perceptions and portrayal of women in the media.’“The aim of the group is to educate students and their thinking towards women, and thereby giving them the courage to speak up when they see something unjust in the school yard or outside of school,” he said.
“There is a need for gender equity, and this program provides young men in our community with the knowledge to help create a world where men and women can live equally and without violence, which is very important. We want these group of ambassadors to educate other students within Damascus.”
Each month a student researches a topic in the media based around the theme, and that topic is discussed and ideas put forward on how it could have been done differently.
The Damascus White Ribbon Ambassadors are in their second year of existence, with the number of students growing each year.
Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries. In 2003, White Ribbon was brought to Australia through UNIFEM (now UN Women).
White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).