Netball Australia is a key supporter of White Ribbon Day.
The campaign encourages men and boys of Australia to make a difference by swearing an oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and promote positive attitudes and behaviors towards women.
White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women.
Several high-profile Australians have already taken the oath include former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Brownlow medallist and Sydney Swans footballer Adam Goodes, former Socceroo Jason Cullina and NRL star Hazem El Masri.
Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia, where at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
The Australian Institute of Criminology reports that 36 per cent of all homicides take place in a domestic setting and 73 per cent of those involve a woman being killed by their male partner.
Furthermore, Australian Bureau of Statistics data indicates that that one in three Australian women over the age of 15 reports having experienced physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives.
Netball Australia is committed to continuing to provide women and girls a safe environment in which to compete and participate in sport without the fear of violence.
Using a three-year Community Action Grant from the Federal Government, Netball Australia has supported the David Wirrpanda Foundation since 2012 to deliver sessions on healthy and respectful relationships through their Deadly Sista Girlz program.
The Deadly Sista Girlz is an award-winning program that engages, inspires and empowers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls between the ages of 8 and 17 years.
Using positive role models such as Deadly Sista Girlz Program Manager and West Coast Fever player Josie Janz, the sessions help participants to understand the behaviours and characteristics of healthy relationships, to highlight, recognise and act on warning signs that a relationship is abusive, and to encourage contact with support services when needed.
White Ribbon is encouraging Australians to follow the three steps towards preventing men’s violence against women.
1. Live the White Ribbon Oath by raising awareness through your own networks, lead by example, challenge sexist behaviour and know the facts.
2. Break the silence about violence by talking to your friends about, speak publically about violence against women, write a blog or opinion piece on the issue and use social networking.
3. Grow the campaign by becoming an ambassador or nominating a friend, make your next event a White Ribbon event and help raise funds to keep the campaign alive.
You can show your support for White Ribbon Day by purchasing and wearing a white ribbon, taking the oath online at www.whiteribbon.org.au or donate to White Ribbon.