- White Ribbon photographic exhibition launched by Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister
- Prominent WA men show their commitment and leadership to ending all violence against women in WA's STAND UP for White Ribbon exhibition
A diverse selection of 22 men from Western Australia's music, arts, sporting, business, government and media sectors have taken part in this year's STAND UP for White Ribbon project to pledge their support in the campaign to end violence against women.
White Ribbon is the world's largest male-led movement to end violence against women, and encourages men to take a stand and speak out about men's violence against women.
In Australia, White Ribbon Day occurs on November 23. It is a national campaign to raise community awareness of violence against women and how to prevent it.
Western Australia's STAND UP for White Ribbon project includes a series of black and white images of prominent men photographed with messages demonstrating their commitment to ending all violence against women.
This year's participants include Premier Mark McGowan, Aboriginal Elder Len Collard, restaurateur and Olympic athlete Eamon Sullivan, actor and director Myles Pollard and loop artist Sam Perry.
The campaign aims to highlight the positive role that men can play in preventing violence against women, while raising wider awareness of the issue.
The images will be displayed at the State Theatre Centre from today (November 22) until December 10. They will also be screened at the Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge Piazza and Yagan Square.
More information about the exhibition can be found on the Department of Communities website at http://www.communities.wa.gov.au/STANDUPforWhiteRibbon
The Women's and Men's Domestic Violence helplines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provide information, support and counselling services.
- Women's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 007 339 (free call); and
- Men's Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 000 599 (free call).
Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:
"Violence against anyone is unacceptable, but the evidence shows that when it comes to family and domestic violence, women and children are significantly over-represented.
"The State Government is committed to a goal of preventing family and domestic violence in Western Australia.
"The White Ribbon campaign encourages men to show leadership in preventing violence against women, and is a means for them to speak out and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours that condone violence against women.
"I sincerely thank this year's participants for demonstrating their personal commitment to raising awareness about the prevention of violence against women and enthusiastically joining in this campaign.
"I encourage everyone to stand up against violence towards women because together we can make a difference."
Minister's office - 6552 6600