Today, the 23rd of November, is White Ribbon Day.
Men and women are encouraged to wear a white ribbon as a visual symbol of their commitment to never excuse or remain silence about violence against women.
In 1999, the United Nations declared today the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and thus the 23rd of November is about so much more than a piece of white fabric.
This year, Destroy the Joint is counting the women who have been murdered as a result of domestic violence. The toll is currently at 63.
Awareness and conversations are critical to building a future free from violence and abuse, but so is action.
Here are five practical things you can do to help women who have been afflicted by one of Australia’s largest and more dangerous epidemics.
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#WhatMenCanDo: Take action if you see violence happening. Call the police – never assume someone else has. Ensure you do something to stop the violence, but do not use violence yourself or put yourself in danger. Do not remain silent: stand up, speak out and act to stop men’s violence against women. #WhiteRibbon #WhiteRibbonDay #StandUpSpeakOut Find out how to safely intervene: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop/
Donate pads and tampons to Share The Dignity
Many women who have escaped domestic violence, spend time in women’s shelters or refuges.
For vulnerable and at risk women, often they do not have the funds to afford pads or tampons. For some, it’s a matter of choosing between feeding their family and purchasing sanitary items.
Share the Dignity argues that sanitary hygiene is a basic human right, and they collect pads and tampons from all over Australia to deliver to women in need.
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There is currently an “It’s in the Bag” Christmas campaign, which asks Australians to find an old handbag, and fill it with items that she needs. That might include sanitary items, deodorants, soap, shampoo and condition, toothpaste and a toothbrush, sunscreen and cleansing wipes. They also suggest a thoughtful note to add to the bag, so vulnerable women are reminded that someones cares, and that she matters.
Every woman deserves dignity.
Donate to RizeUp
While RizeUp seeks to raise awareness through advocacy and speaking engagements, they know that the victims of Family and Domestic Violence need practical assistance. And fast.
One of its services involves furnishing temporary housing, and making sure there is enough food for families in transition.