White Ribbon Day hopes to end domestic violence.
White Ribbon Day hopes to end domestic violence.

Swear to make a difference

PEOPLE around Australia are being encouraged to swear.

Friday is White Ribbon Day which is an internationally recognised campaign in which people are urged to show their support by swearing "never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women".

The number of women facing violence needs to be reduced with 1 in 3 Australian women reporting having experienced violence since the age of 15.

White Ribbon chairman Andrew O'Keefe said "on White Ribbon Day, we call on all men to swear the oath".

"Let's face it; swearing comes naturally to most Aussie men," he said.

"We swear when we're laughing, we swear when we're mad, we swear whether we're elated or deflated.

"But this is an opportunity to swear to make a difference."

With over 200 events planned throughout Australia, the nation is doing its part to make a difference.

You can show your support at the Stockland Gladstone shopping centre in Kin Kora when a White Ribbon Day stall will be selling merchandise on Friday.

They can be purchased for $2 each online at http://www.whiteribbon.com.au or in-store from Suzanne Grae, The Body Shop, Lifeline Stores, AHG and the Salvation Army Stores across Australia.



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