To mark White Ribbon Day, the White Ribbon Ride
will visit Christchurch and Christchurch Women’s Hospitals today (November 25,
The Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club, who
are leading this event, plan to ride past the hospitals’ main entrances and
assemble on the grassy area in the Botanic Gardens opposite the Riverside
entrance at about 2.30pm.
Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge
never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB)
Executive Director, Māori & Pacific Health Hector Matthews, Tahu Potiki
Sterling of Nga Ratonga Hauora Māori/Māori
Health Services and Child and Family Safety Service Coordinator Susan Miles
will greet the riders to demonstrate Canterbury
District Health Board’s strong support for the White Ribbon campaign.
Hector Matthews says the CDHB is proud to show
leadership by taking a stand on violence against women.
“Too often we see the consequences of violence
against women but that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the true
impact on families and society,” Mr Matthews says.
“The White Ribbon Ride is about preventing
violence against women in the first place through raising awareness and gaining
commitment from men.”
Posters have been on display
this week in both central city hospitals and male staff are being encouraged to
wear a White Ribbon to show their personal support.
“Staff are more than welcome to
come and meet the riders, admire the bikes and if that’s not enough, there’s a
sausage sizzle. On a more serious note though, being there will show their
support and acknowledge the importance of this issue.”
Child and Family Safety Service
Coordinator Susan Miles says the CDHB is able to provide day-to-day support for
women affected by domestic violence through the Partner Abuse Programme.
“Through the programme,
appropriate health care professionals talk proactively to women at risk and can
offer practical help and support where it is needed.”
The New Zealand White Ribbon annual campaign is
part of a global movement committed to ending violence against women. It is led
by men who condemn such violence and are prepared to show leadership and pledge
to take action.
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