A time to remember, and make the pledge

LETTER

I must agree with White Ribbon Committee chair Cam Ronald when he says that practicing respectful relationships should be a 365 day a year action, rather than confined to this time of year when we rally around the White Ribbon campaign kaupapa.

However, for Tairawhiti at this time of year we also acknowledge those we have lost to the tragic consequences of family violence and remember that as individuals, whanau and community, we need to continue to work towards a violence-free community.

This year’s pledge invites us to “Stand Up, Speak Out and Act to prevent men’s violence towards women”. While it is a particular call to men, anyone can take the pledge and we would all agree that respectful relationships should apply across the board.

You can take the pledge in a number of ways and this year we are offering the opportunity for workplaces to make a collective stand, by inviting employees to do so publicly by photo/video. Any interested business, groups or organisations can contact us at the Tauawhi Men’s Centre and we will arrange a convenient time to come to you and collect visual pledges.

For more details email tauawhi@psec.org.nz or call us on 868 8278 — together we can contribute to a Violence-Free Tairawhiti.

- Tim Marshall, White Ribbon Ambassador Co-ordinator, Tauawhi Men’s Centre

I must agree with White Ribbon Committee chair Cam Ronald when he says that practicing respectful relationships should be a 365 day a year action, rather than confined to this time of year when we rally around the White Ribbon campaign kaupapa.

However, for Tairawhiti at this time of year we also acknowledge those we have lost to the tragic consequences of family violence and remember that as individuals, whanau and community, we need to continue to work towards a violence-free community.

This year’s pledge invites us to “Stand Up, Speak Out and Act to prevent men’s violence towards women”. While it is a particular call to men, anyone can take the pledge and we would all agree that respectful relationships should apply across the board.

You can take the pledge in a number of ways and this year we are offering the opportunity for workplaces to make a collective stand, by inviting employees to do so publicly by photo/video. Any interested business, groups or organisations can contact us at the Tauawhi Men’s Centre and we will arrange a convenient time to come to you and collect visual pledges.

For more details email tauawhi@psec.org.nz or call us on 868 8278 — together we can contribute to a Violence-Free Tairawhiti.

- Tim Marshall, White Ribbon Ambassador Co-ordinator, Tauawhi Men’s Centre

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