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White Ribbon Newsletter: August 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, violence, abuse

Photo Credit: Et Tu WairoaWe would like to share with you our plans for the 2018 campaign. Last year we focused on giving kiwi dads (and all those whose lives touch our young men) the skills and confidence to talk about respectful relationships and respectful sexual relationships with their sons. This was based on research we conducted that found dads were more likely to tell their daughters to keep safe, rather than have a discussion with their sons about respectful relationships.

The Harvey Weinstein revelations became public prior to the campaign launching, and was followed by the #MeToo movement that gave women a platform to talk about the sexual harassment and gender inequality that unfortunately is so prevalent.

We needed to ensure these voices were heard as a men's campaign. We provided advice to our Ambassadors about how to speak should they talk about the subject, but our planned campaign could not take into account the massively changing landscape.

We commissioned a report to ensure our response is appropriate and based on evidence. This year's campaign is built on these ideas and recommendations in consultation with our Ambassadors, the White Ribbon Committee and anti-violence organisations.

This year we are asking men to stand up

We know some men are uncertain how to act and help prevent violence, so we are making it easy by providing that information.

Our focus will be on getting people to take The Pledge, while information on how to stand up, speak out and act will be provided in the Toolboxes and on the website. 

We hope that you, or the organisation you work for are starting to plan events for November. If you are, please consider including The Pledge as a central aspect of your plan.

We want as many men as possible to take The Pledge, which this year will include information on how men can become more involved in ending men's violence. The most effective (but not the only) way in which men can receive that information will be online, so we are asking you to consider how you can help White Ribbon achieve this.

White Ribbon will provide a safe portal, and links which can be incorporated on your own platforms and shared using online tools such as Facebook and online newsletters.

While we don't have future  funding confirmed just yet, we are pushing ahead with the organisation of the 2018 campaign, including the White Ribbon Ride. So if you would like these anti-violence champions to visit your community please let us know.

Once again thank you for your support and the work that so many of you undertake.

Rob McCann
Campaign Manager

New White Ribbon Ambassador Jude Simpson

Congratulations to Jude Simpson who has been confirmed as a White Ribbon Ambassador. Jude became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit recently, for her tireless services to the prevention of domestic violence. I have known Jude for many years now, and her tireless work to reduce incidents of family harm is nothing short of inspirational. She is a real asset to the White Ribbon Campaign, and I’m immensely proud she has joined our team.

Thanks to the many new Ambassadors who are joining our ranks this year. I am confident that if we, as a collective group, reinforce the key campaign messages, and ensure that each and every one of us puts aside some time to promote the campaign in November, collectively we will help influence the attitudes and behavior of our fellow New Zealanders.

Judge Peter Boshier
White Ribbon Ambassador and Patron

The Two Winners are...

Congratulations to Vickie Rotzel from the Northland District Health Board and Don Wisely from Invercargil. They both won a $100 gift card from Countdown for participating in the White Ribbon Survey.

Getting Businesses involved

The Awareness Project in Invercargill recently invited White Ribbon and Jane Guy from Jigsaw Central Lakes, to talk about Family Harm (Family Violence) to local businesses. Family Violence has a real and detrimental effect on work forces.

White Ribbon is offering businesses and organisations the opportunity to become White Ribbon Accredited, to help protect their staff and educate their customers.

If you want to find out more contact:

Find out more about how your business could become White Ribbon accredited and be part of the solution to New Zealand's crippling domestic violence statistics.

Getting Youth Involved

Heretaunga College in Upper Hutt took part in our Youth Ambassadors Scheme with eleven students becoming Youth White Ribbon Ambassadors. The students took part in a full day workshop with Ambassadors, White Ribbon Riders and the Police. Their aim now is to build a series of initiatives in their community that can highlight violence prevention.

Find out more about the White Ribbon Youth Ambassador Programme. Huge thank you to the Ambassadors, Police and 4ABetterCity and the participating students.

A Streetcar Named Desire

White Ribbon is proud to be collaborating with Khandallah Arts Theatre and director Tanya Piejus on their upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ classic, A Streetcar Named Desire. It’s a well-known tragedy of delusion, culture clash, mental fragility – and domestic abuse that was written in 1949. It was also made into a famous Hollywood movie starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando.

The social landscape has since evolved and, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, it’s not enough to simply stage a play that contains physical and emotional violence of men against women with no apparent consequences and then to expect audiences to accept it just because the script was written 70 years ago.


A former gang man, turned policeman, turned social entrepreneur and White Ribbon Ambassador wants to help Kiwis in need find help. Rei Maresala has created an app to do just that - connecting people with local health and social services.

MyRivr was born out of a vision to make access to Social Services easier for everyday New Zealanders. The app combines self-help referral functions with cutting edge technology so ordinary users can find the help they need.

Referrals are connected to the nearest Social Service Providers who meet the user's criteria by automatically matching the 'best fit' and then by tracking the status of the referral. MyRivr keeps the user informed of their case file so they gain control over what is often a daunting, out of control experience.

Most recently Rei has been invited to speak in Australia and Chicago, San Diego and MYRIVR has just partnered with Samoa Airways.

The White Ribbon Ride

The White Ribbon Ride is being organised and we are still receiving Registrations of Interest from communities.

Download the Registration of Interest Form now if you would like the White Ribbon Riders to visit your community.

The Ride consists of groups of motorcyclists travelling around the country to promote White Ribbon messages to a range of communities. The rides are six to nine days’ duration, and occur from mid-November each year, during the lead-up to White Ribbon Day. The rides are supported by the NZDF with support vehicles, staff, and by an array of community groups.

The noise, spectacle and tough outward image of the riders captures the attention of audiences as they deliver the campaign’s key messages. Currently three White Ribbon Rides are undertaken each year, each with its own itinerary that enables riders to visit a range of communities.

Out in the Community

White Ribbon supported the Toa Rugby Team that plays in the Horowhenua/Kapiti competition. We were there for their first ever game in front of their marae in Porirua. A huge thank you to the head coach and the team for supporting the kaupapa.

FootBall Ferns and White Ribbon

Wellington turned on a great day to support the New Zealand's premiere women's football team with a record crowd supporting the team in their friendly international match against Japan. Great to see our Minister for Sports - the Honorable Grant Robertson - wearing a White Ribbon.

The FootBall Ferns team signed a historic document guaranteeing gender equality and pay parity for the Senior Women’s and Men’s National Football teams. The agreement was signed just days before the big game. This is really important to us at White Ribbon, because our Respectful Relationships Campaign is founded on four key principles - one of which is gender equality.

The Porirua White Ribbon Committee

White Ribbon Committees just like this one are meeting across New Zealand planning how they can get the message out to New Zealanders in November. The Porirua Committee are a great example of multiple agencies working together to support violence prevention.

The Commitee is hosted by the Porirua Whanau Centre and is chaired by Mark A Uri-Puati. Well done Porirua Family Violence Prevention Network!

Raise Our Men

Watch the four previews from the film 'Raise Our Men' below.

Download Raise Our Men from the White Ribbon website if you want to screen it.

Read a guide on effectively using the film Raise Our Men.

Thank you - without your support this campaign would not be possible.

White RibbonThis newsletter is produced by White Ribbon New Zealand.

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