White Ribbon Day November 25th, 2012
Campaign to stop domestic violence against women.
It is the only national violence prevention campaign and it is unique in that it basically aims to raise awareness among men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women.
The campaign calls for men and boys to speak out, swearing never to committee, cause or remain silent about violence against women.
The campaign falls on white ribbon day (25 Nov) each year, when men and women are called to wear a white ribbon or wristband as a vision symbol of the commitment or pledge.
Make a statement wear black clothes and a white ribbon. Speak for those who have suffered or are victims of violence in a home.
WHITE RIBBON LUNCHEON
CFCPNG hosted its annual signature event the WHITE RIBBON LUNCHEON on the 23rd of November 2012, to commemorate the White Ribbon Day which falls every year on the 25th of November. The day signifies a very important campaign to STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN.
Governor Parkop and his wife Jean lighting the candle at the White Ribbon Day luncheon.
CFCPNG in conjunction with the newly established organization, Women In League PNG recently held its 2012 White Ribbon Luncheon on the 23rd of November at the Royal Papua Yacht Club, in Port Moresby.
Speaking at the occasion is the National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.
“Our women, mothers, sisters and daughters have been silent for too long. We need to be their mouthpiece, voice their concerns and fight for their rights”.
Parkop believes that it is time for the country as a whole to act to eliminate violence in general and especially, against women and girls.
According to Parkop, believe systems had lowered the status of women dose causing them to become more vulnerable to violence.
“Men are in control and therefore, have more status than women. However, I believe it is cultural beliefs such as this that hinders the rights of women”.
To commemorate the White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the elimination of violence against women and girls, a candle was lite during the luncheon by the Governor and his wife Jane.
A minute of silence as the candle lite, remembering those who have died as a result of violence.
International and local based rugby league players, Jessy Joe Parker and Richard Kambui were also given the opportunity to share their experiences as advocates of change in their respective clubs.
Participants of the function included, Steamships Limited, Bank of Papua New Giunea, Esso Highlands Limited, Oil Search Limited, BSP, ANZ, PNGSDP, Palms Property Limited, AusAID, PNGPORT Corp, Nambawan Super, EPSP, Dept Labour, CPL and many others.