White Ribbon campaign at CGHS

Four men at CGHS have become the major focus of a White Ribbon campaign to end violence against women and girls.

The four male staff members, Jon Millar (Director Support Services), Brendan Haran (Return to Work Coordinator), Paul Head (Director Residential Aged Care), and Brent Causon (Health Services Manager Affiliated Health Services), have become White Ribbon Ambassadors.

White Ribbon is a major focus of this year’s WELLvember at CGHS.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The four have been growing their beards to encourage people to ask about their changed appearance, initiating conversation about standing up against violence towards women.

The campaign is currently running across the service and according to CGHS Social Health Manager and Women’s and Children Care Coordinator, Kristen Millar, it has really “taken off”.

It will culminate with an event in the Sale campus cafeteria on 29 November at 12.45pm where four previously clean shaven staff members will have their beards cut.

“Each week, updated photos are sent to all staff, along with information, statistics and myth busters on violence against women,” Kirsten said.

Sarah Corbell from Gippsland Women’s Health Service has provided education and information to the four participants around family violence, explaining what questions to expect from curious people and how to respond appropriately.

 

Kirsten said everyone was overwhelmed at how powerful this event had been in creating opportunities to talk about family violence and dispel some of the myths that surround it.

 

“On 29 November, we will invite staff and members of the public to join us for lunch and watch as the four have their beards shaved off,” she said. “The men will then stand together, inviting all male attendees to stand with them and pledge the oath.

“We will be raising money for the foundation, both on the day, and throughout the campaign.”

White Ribbon Ambassador, Eamon Leahy will be guest at the event while local barber Leigh Nation has volunteered his time to shave the CGHS staff members.

All CGHS staff and interested members of the public are welcome to cafeteria at Sale hospital to help celebrate the men’s achievement and witness their pledge. “We would love encourage as many men as possible to stand beside them and take the oath with them in support of ending violence towards women,” Kirsten said.

A $1 from every healthy lunch sold is being donated to White Ribbon Foundation. Currently there are arm bands and pins available to purchase from HR to show your support for White Ribbon.

Holders for STOP family violence cards have been put in all our public toilets across CGHS. The aim is for the cards to be available in a place where people experiencing family violence are likely to be alone.  The cards fold small so can be hidden in clothing/shoes.

All the profits from this will be sent to the White Ribbon Foundation along with the money from the lunches.

CGHS will also take part in the Wellington Champions of Change Breakfast. This is where female and male leaders and participants in business, education, sport, the arts and community life to come together on 25 November, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day, Friday, 25 November, to discover and support the work being done locally to promote gender equality and prevent family violence.

The four CGHS White Ribbon Ambassadors will attend the event however all staff are invited to join a host of fellow champions at the Wellington Champions of Change Breakfast for a delicious free feed and find out about some of the wonderful work being done in Wellington.

It will be held upstairs at the Criterion Hotel, Sale with breakfast served from 7am, guests to be seated by 7.30am with the event closing at 8.45am.

Register your attendance online via the Eventbrite link below before Tuesday 15 November – this event is FREE to attend, so bring a friend or colleague!

 

About White Ribbon

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

Vision

A nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse

Mission

White Ribbon is a unique, national primary prevention social change organisation that works through a primary prevention approach based on the understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to stop violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the attitudes and behaviours of some men who commit violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.

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