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  • Writer's pictureJack Ward

Future of Ararat’s White Ribbon Day unclear

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

The White Ribbon movement, the world’s largest movement engaging men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, has hit a major blow in Australia.

White Ribbon Australia has gone into liquidation, following analysis of its future sustainability. The organisation announcing yesterday that it has made the difficult decision to close its doors.

Ararat’s White Ribbon Day 2018 PHOTO: Jack Ward

“White Ribbon Australia has been proud to serve alongside so many dedicated partner organisations, grassroots communities and government in the important work of ending men’s violence against women,” a statement read.

“For all those who are already planning for White Ribbon Day, we encourage you to continue with those plans alongside the international White Ribbon movement. Continue to raise your voice.”

“Even though White Ribbon Australia’s journey ends here, we know that the work of our partners and communities will continue. Eliminating men’s violence against women must remain a priority.”

Locals walk down Barkly Street on White Ribbon Day 2018. PHOTO: Jack Ward

Ararat White Ribbon Advocate, Danielle Jenkins, told AC News this morning that the future of Ararat’s White Ribbon Day is unclear at this stage. She is currently on leave but will be speaking with Council CEO, Dr Tim Harrison once she returns to work Tuesday week.

“I have not heard from White Ribbon regarding the closure. I’m very saddened by what has happened. I just hope that individuals, communities and the government step up to keep spreading the message,” Jenkins said.

“I am now deciding whether I will keep advocating myself. I have got to the point in my life that I feel like I now need to move forward and stop reliving this time of my life.”

“I do hope that there are others in our community that have the confidence to come forward and find their voice to possibly take over some public speaking.”

“I won’t know what we are doing this year now until I speak to the CEO.”

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