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White Ribbon Newsletter for September 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, violence, leadership, young people, prevention, abuse

Soon we will be able to share our 2019 November campaign with you so stay tuned. What we can say is that we are really excited to be continuing our work to demonstrate what healthy masculinity looks like and reinforce the need for Respectful Relationships - a journey we began way back in 2015.

We will also highlight some of the amazing businesses that have undertaken White Ribbon Business Accreditation in our next newsletter and what they are doing to ensure their workforce is safe and promote violence prevention both internally and externally. 

As an organisation we have also been astounded at the ripples that have flowed from our first revamped Youth Ambassador Leadership Project (YALP). The 250 students that attended have taken their new knowledge back to their communities and schools and created a range of events and activities designed to help share what they learnt as well as talking directly to other students. 

On the world stage we are seeing the power of Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old activist who began skipping school in her native Sweden a year ago to protest climate change, and at home we are seeing the persuasiveness of the student climate change strikes. While completely separate from our youth-based programmes, these activists are demonstrating the power of conviction and emotive persuasion driven by youth participation.

Read more about the Youth Ambassador Leadership Project, and if you're keen to help set one of these up in your community, please let us know. We have plans for Auckland (but we need help), Gisborne and Napier/Hastings next year, but we need local people on the ground to help motivate your communities and schools.

On Thursday night we have a Spoken Word Competition being held at Wellington Boys that will focus on Respectful Relationships, and on Friday and Saturday we have the Ara Mai! Te Whiti Riser Night Walk organised by the Hutt City Council. You can read more about both of these wonderful events.

Rob McCann
White Ribbon Manager

Read the September update from White Ribbon online.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch