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The Infants' Home supports White Ribbon Day

- November 19, 2012

Some of our work is with women and children who are victims of domestic violence.


For more than 138 years The Infants' Home has worked with women in vulnerable circumstances. 

Today, this work remains a central part of how we help families to build a stronger, more positive future for themselves.

Building social capital

"Every day The Infants' Home works with women who have experienced domestic violence," says The Infants' Home CEO, Anita Kumar.

"Our role is to help them and their families find the strength and skills to be able to build a better and brighter future for themselves.

"This is just one of the ways our organisation works as a social enterprise to build social capital."

White Ribbon Day

Friday November 25 – White Ribbon Day – is United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

White Ribbon Day is a reminder that our community still faces the issue of violence against women.

Wearing a white ribbon this week is a personal pledge to not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Public speaking sessions

The Infants' Home took part in a series of public speaking sessions last week called Speak Up: Never Violent Never Silent at various schools in Sydney's inner west.

The sessions were held for students in:

Inner West Domestic Violence Committee

These sessions were developed and managed by the Inner West Domestic Violence Committee (IWDVLC) along with the schools involved. 

One of The Infants' Home's social workers, Alicia Paciocco, is a member of the IWDVLC.

The IWDVLC's work with schools was one of the components of its White Ribbon campaign this year. The whole campaign was sponsored by the City of Canada Bay Council and Burwood Council.

Coasters inspired by students

Another part of the campaign involved recruiting students from local schools to provide artwork for coasters that have been supplied to local pubs and clubs in the inner west.

The coasters depict the students' feelings about violence against women.

    

(L) Cathy, 13, Strathfield Girls (M) Anthony, 14, Homebush Boys (R) Mayla, 11, Enfield Public School
 


What students discussed

The speaking topics included:

If you’re angry with a friend you’re no longer friends
This generated discussion about control and ways of restoring relationships.

Hurting people in your family is OK. Families stick together
This explored the issue of power relationships in families.

Respect rules out violence
This emphasised the point that if you are respectful of people, you can't be violent.

There’s no such thing as an innocent bystander
This focused on the power of bystander behaviour – how others speaking up about what is right and wrong can have a supportive and powerful impact.

What’s wrong with violence?
Asking this simple question provokes alternative ways to solve problems when things don’t go your way.

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