Pledge to fight family violence

COMMUNITY leaders will gather in the heart of Kerang on Monday, December 10 to join forces in the fight against family violence.

A pledge ceremony in Victoria Square at 10am will conclude 16 days of activism across Australia and around the world.

The rates of violence across the community in Gannawarra are well above the State average.

Gannawarra Local Agency Meeting (GLAM) are again participating in the 16 days of activism to support the prevention of family violence.

Community leaders, including the mayor, Cr Lorraine Learmonth, will take the white ribbon pledge to speak out against family violence.

The white ribbon pledge: I promise to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women and children.

Participants are asked to wear orange.

The Gannawarra Local Agency Meeting group is promoting the event. It is a partnership between Gannawarra Shire Council, Cohuna District Hospital, Kerang District Health, Mallee District Aboriginal Services, Mallee Family Care, Murray Primary Health Network, Northern District Community Health, Southern Mallee Primary Care Partnership and Victoria Police.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman's physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. Human rights cannot be universal without human rights for women.

The 16 Days of Activism began on November 25 on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10, which is International Human Rights Day. These two dates highlight that violence against women is a human rights abuse.

Citizens and organisations everywhere are being asked to unite in the struggle to end violence against women.

During the 16 days, activists around the world use the campaign to further raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of gender violence, to celebrate victories gained by the Women's Rights Movement, challenge policy and practice that allow women to be targeted for acts of violence and demand that violence against women be recognised as an abuse of human rights.

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