2014 Victorian Australian of the Year Becomes White Ribbon Ambassador

John Caldwell joins Australia’s campaign to stop men’s violence against women
John Caldwell, 2014 Victorian Australian of the Year has become a White Ribbon Ambassador, joining thousands of men around Australia to prevent men’s violence against women, which claims the life of more than one woman every week.
The White Ribbon Campaign is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women, originating in Canada in 1991 and spreading to Australia in 2003. 
Although the White Ribbon Campaign is now present in more than 60 countries, Australia is unique in that it’s Ambassadors’ Program supports thousands of good men around the nation to be the faces and leaders of the campaign. 
For too long, men’s violence against women has been perceived as a ‘private issue’ or a ‘woman’s issue’. In reality, violence perpetrated by men against women is a man’s issue too and men must help stop it. Men and women are working together to put an end to what is an insidious social issue; an issue with far-reaching and long-lasting consequences, and which is never private. 
The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women. Through a range of primary prevention initiatives that engage schools, workplaces and the community, White Ribbon Australia supports boys and men to lead positive social change. The Campaign is a means for men to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of men who use or condone violence against women.
“As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I encourage all the men in my community to take the White Ribbon Oath: to never commit, ignore or remain silent about men’s violence against women at www.whiteribbon.org.au.”

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