MAKING a stand against violence against women doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.
The White Ribbon Foundation will make its message of ending male violence against women a year-round one with a White Ribbon Night on July 25.
It will be a less formal affair than White Ribbon Day, which occurs on November 25. Men are asked to host a movie night, dinner party or even watch the footy together while raising money for White Ribbon.
There will be no formal event in Ballarat but Ballarat White Ribbon chairman Bob Maika said it would be an opportunity for men to reflect on the White Ribbon message.
He said the organisation was considering expanding its campaign further, to include a White Ribbon Week.
“I think there is more we can do. We are looking to involve our White Ribbon Ambassadors a lot more,” Mr Maika said.
“We would like to see White Ribbon become more of a year round thing. One of the things Ballarat White Ribbon is looking ahead to is having a White Ribbon Week ahead of White Ribbon Day on November 25, when we induct our White Ribbon Ambassadors.”
The White Ribbon Foundation is pushing to raise $100,000 from White Ribbon Night.
In addition to organising an event participants are asked to register at www.whiteribbon.org.au/night and kick off with a donation.
Once registered participants become an official “White Ribbon Night host” and receive a pack including family friendly trivia questions, games and a sports quiz.
They are also asked to set up an online page with messages and photos from their night.
White Ribbon was founded in Canada in 1991. It began in Australia in 2003 and officially became a foundation in 2007.
Donations will support White Ribbon’s work to prevent violence against women before it occurs.