The Canterbury City Council and the Campsie Police got the local community involved for a march to raise awareness of violence against Women on 25 November, White Ribbon Day.

The initiative was a great success receiving enthusiastic support from the community with 1500 people marching from Lakemba to Punchbowl. The Participants marched from Gilles St, Lakemba to Parry Park, Punchbowl and took part in an oath ceremony.

The Oath: I swear never to commit violence against women, never to excuse violence against women, and never to remain silent about violence against women. This is my oath.

The event had the police band leading the procession playing music

Superintendent Michael McLean, Campsie Local Area Commander spoke, encouraging the local community to join the march and say no to violence against women.

“White Ribbon Day aims to bring the issue of violence against women out from behind closed doors so we can challenge and change disrespectful attitudes and behaviours.” Superintendent McLean said.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione called on the community to take the White Ribbon pledge to not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

“Domestic and family violence affects people in all parts of our society – it is not exclusive to any socioeconomic group, gender, age or culture,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“Domestic violence occupies more police time than any other crime type – last year, officers responded to around 120,000 domestic incidents, which is about 330 each day”, he said.

White Ribbon is an International male-led campaign to end violence against women, which originated in Canada in 1991, and is now active in more than 60 countries.

The White Ribbon Day initiative’s objective is to acknowledge the positive role men play in preventing violence against women saying: good men cannot and will not sit on the sidelines while the women they love are at risk of harm.

White Ribbon Day is the start of 16 Days of Activism – an international campaign calling for an end to violence against women, concluding on World Human Rights Day on Wednesday 10 December 2014.