Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Today is White Ribbon Day

Today is 25 November, which is White Ribbon Day or the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

White Ribbon Day is a movement by men, who swear that they will never commit violence to women, never excuse violence to women and never excuse violence to women. It started in Canada as a movement by men, and has since spread worldwide.

This morning I had the opportunity to talk to about 120 people in Toowoomba, including 20 police, about how as a family lawyer in Brisbane, I had acted for thousands of survivors of violence, including having acted in cases involving violence concerning people who lived in Toowoomba and nearby, such as Oakey and Dalby.

I had the privilege at lunchtime to go to the Queensland Parliament, where the Speaker John Mickel was honouring White Ribbon Day, along with many other politicians, business leaders, and police.

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