Black & White for a good cause
Raising Awareness for the Prevention of Violence Against Women
Words by Billy George
Unfortunately, we still live in a world where violence is common place. A natural reaction for a lot of people. While world peace is a pipe dream of those in the Miss America pageants, we can at least strive for a world free of violence against women.
Like Shakira's hips don't lie, the stats on domestic and non-physical abuse against women in Australia don't fib either. What they actually do is paint a ridiculously bleak picture on the impacts of women at home, the workplace and the wider community. Give yourself a moment to read through some of them.
- One in three women have experience physical and/or sexual violence by someone they know.
- One in five women over 18 have been stalked.
- One in five women experience harassment in the workplace.
- One woman is killed every week by a current or former partner over a 12 month period.
- Violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children.
- Two out of 5 assaults reported to police were family/domestic violence related
For the last couple of years, one way or another, I've gotten involved in helping raise $$$ for White Ribbon and their hard work in preventing violence against women. Last year, a friend of mine hosted a dinner with some of his closer friends and had a great night, raising close to $400. This year? My colleagues and I baked goodies for ourselves and the offices in the building and sold each piece for two bucks - all up? Just over $900!
So, why the black and white? Cause there is no fine line between what is considered violence or not. No a single spec of grey.
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