Take the oath – Stop violence against women
White Ribbon Ambassadors are men who take the Oath to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. I am proud to be a White Ribbon Ambassador and have been since 2009.
Ambassadors who are leaders of this male-led campaign incorporate White Ribbon values into their daily lives at home, at work and in the community. By living these values, and by being a role model for other men, ambassadors further the work of the campaign.
One in three women in Australia will experience physical or sexual violence by a man at some stage in their lifetime. Men can break the silence about this issue and stop violence against women by leading a movement for change. They can encourage each other, their mates and their colleagues to be aware of this problem and stand up to it. Breaking the cycle of violence against women starts with men taking responsibility not to be violent, support violence or turn a blind eye if they see violence.
This is not just a “women’s issue” – it affects the children, the extended family, the friends and the work colleagues of those harmed. Equally, the victims are our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our colleagues and our friends.
Ultimately, violence – especially unacknowledged or without prevention being attempted – eats away the fabric of our society and leads to a range of subsequent social problems.
This is an issue for all men.
It’s a men’s issue because men must be part of creating a culture in which violence is unacceptable. It’s a men’s issue because it affects all sectors of society – across all age ranges, levels of wealth and education, and regardless of background.
This year Telstra continues to support the White Ribbon campaign and encourages all Telstra men to take a stand to end violence against women in the world. We have invited all our men in Telstra, as people who lead by example, to join the campaign for “White Ribbon Day”, take the online oath and buy (and ideally sell!) white ribbons to show their support.
Get involved and show your support by joining over 14,000 other men who have taken an online oath to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.