White Ribbon Day November 25th, 2013
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 has again hosted its annual signature event the WHITE RIBBON LUNCHEON on the 25th of November 2013 at the Crown Plaza here in Port Moresby, 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.
CFC PNG hosted the annual White Ribbon Day on the 25th of November at the Crowne Plaza.
Theme: A promise is a Promise: Time to End Violence Against Women & Girls.
Special feature at the occasion was the signing of the pledge by dignitaries, corporate CEOs, senior management and staff.
The signing was led by one of the guest speakers, Mr Gerea Aopi who is the President of the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.
The signing of the pledge showed the men’s support and commitment to the cause by becoming “Silence Breaker of Domestic Violence”, in their homes, workplaces & communities.
In his speech, Mr Aopi supported the idea of “Work Place Policy” , would enhance gender equitable environment.
Mr Rowan Callick, Asia Pacific Editor of the Australian, said that while much work was done to address the issue of domestic violence, there has to be change in the mindsets of everyone which is rooted in the respective cultures, especially in the Pacific and PNG.
He said violence also affects workplace environment and also supports the Work Place Policy as a step towards the right direction to promote women’s rights in PNG. He added that it was everyone’s business to make that change.
“Change has to start somewhere” and every step in reform, in development, in education begins with us as individuals,” Callick said.
Participants of the function included, Australian High Commission, NZ High Commission, World Bank, IFC, Steamships Ltd, Nasfund, Esso Highlands,SP Brewery, Ela Motors, PWC, Oil Search, BSP, ANZ, EPSP , Nambawan Super, NCDC, BATPNG, Kenmore Group, Inter Oil, NFA, BPNG, Consort Express, Steamships Shipping, CPL Group, Gadens Lawyers, Post Courier, ComradesTrustessS&L, PNGINA, Ox Fam. and private citizens.