- November 27, 2014
This week The Infants’ Home’s CEO Anita Kumar and intern psychologist Jenny Gilchrist attended the launch of the Inner West Domestic Violence Liaison Committee’s (IWDVLC) community campaign for White Ribbon Day.
The campaign involved participating school students in creating artworks to deliver messages about family violence. The artworks have been printed onto coffee cups, drink coasters, lunch bags and information cards, for distribution in local cafes, pubs, schools and to the general community.
The aim of the campaign is to build community awareness about violence against women, and to help victims of domestic violence to seek help and support.
The launch was held at Burwood Girls High School, and was also attended by the Mayors of Burwood, Strathfield and Canada Bay, the Member for Strathfield, Charles Casuscelli, representatives of Wests Tigers Rugby League Club and many community organisations and local clubs.
Students from Burwood Girls High School and Ashfield, Enfield, Five Dock, Homebush West and Strathfield South Public Schools spoke about what violence against women is, and why it is important for the community to come together to put a stop to this.
The Infants’ Home supports and delivers a range of initiatives to assist women and children whose lives have been impacted by domestic and family violence. CEO Anita Kumar said “It was really inspiring to hear the children talk so passionately and articulately about the need to end violence towards women. The children have clearly embraced the campaign’s vision for all women to live in safety, free from all forms of men's violence“.
Anita was also pleased to see so many prominent male representatives from community organisations, sporting clubs and local and state government at the event. “The message they gave very loud and clear was that it is vital for men in the community to get behind the White Ribbon campaign to stop violence against women before it occurs”, she said.
To find out more about the White Ribbon campaign, visit the White Ribbon Australia website.
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