Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall will be the site for a gathering of hundreds of men on Wednesday of next week as part of the build up to White Ribbon Day.
Former star of the (sadly now defunct) Brisbane Bullets basketball team, Leroy Loggins, will MC the event, which goes from 12.30 to 1.30. Men from a range of backgrounds will speak about violence against women from their perspective as a digger, a Muslim, a police officer, an aboriginal man, and a young man.
White Ribbon Day is on 25th November and marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. I’ve provided some support to it on different occasions in the past. Encouraging individual men to be publicly supportive of the issue and recognising the individual stake we all have in opposing violence against women can be a very powerful thing. Sitting back and leaving it up to government to ‘do something’ or assume it’s all up to others is a common affliction when it comes to responding (or not responding) to many social ills.