White Ribbon Day leads way for a stronger community

Inner West Council is celebrating White Ribbon Day with a range of events this week as Council reaffirms its commitment to a range of programs representing a strong and diverse inner west community in 2017.

Administrator Richard Pearson said Council this week joined with Leichhardt Local Area Command and Rotary to host a hugely successful barbeque breakfast for White Ribbon’s Day at King George Oval in Rozelle.

“This White Ribbon Day we’re asking our residents to stand up, take the oath and do something to prevent violence against women,” he said

“The men and boys in our community, in particular, need to stand up, speak out and act for the women in their lives.

“Our local events receive tremendous support from local churches, schools and community organisations. Over 100 people of all ages attended Tuesday’s event alone, taking the White Ribbon Day pledge and tying 100 white ribbons to the Rozelle pontoon as a symbol of support.”

Council also again supported the White Ribbon Day event at Alex Trevallion Plaza yesterday, organised in partnership Metro Assist and the Aboriginal Women’s and Crisis Service.

A supportive 100 strong crowd gathered at the Plaza on Marrickville Road to browse the information stalls provided by local area Police, CentreLink, Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre, Newtown Neighbourhood Centre, Marrickville Youth Resource Centre, and Connect Marrickville.

The Summer Hill White Ribbon Carnival will also be held from 1-7pm on 28 November in the Darrell Jackson Gardens, with a free BBQ and entertainment, skate workshops, soccer and basketball, as well as craft activities for the kids.

Mr Pearson said Council will also continue play its part in the Inner West’s long history in supporting respect for diversity throughout the local community.

“The inner west community has a strong spirit of cooperation, trust and pride,” he said.

“Council supports marriage equality and actively engages LGBTIQI communities in events and consultations.

“In 2017, our events calendar will feature the hugely popular Feel the Love Mardi Gras Reception as well as Wear It Purple Day and an annual Forum on LGBTQI issues. Rainbow Flags will be raised on Council buildings across the Inner West Council buildings to show our support for diversity and the benefits it brings to the local community.”

Council will also celebrate the 2016 International Day of People with a Disability at the GroovABILITY festival next Thursday (1 December) from 10am-2pm in Burwood Park.

Other Council initiatives currently being programmed for 2017 include:
• Women In Leadership Networking Breakfast
• International Women’s Day
• Celebrating the LGBTQI community during Mardi Gras and beyond.

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Page last updated: 15 Nov 2018