We need more than a morning tea

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Program Support Officer Grady Smith from the Ngala Midwest and Gascoyne, wants to see organisations engage and support the annual 16 Days in WA campaign to stop family violence against women in Geraldton. 

 The Campaign, which started on November 25 and finishes on December 10, encourages the Western Australian community to consider their attitudes and values, take action and create awareness of gender-based violence.   

“Holding a morning tea can raise awareness about the impacts of violence but sometimes it stops there,” said Grady. 

“Violence prevention begins with creating more equal and respectful relationships. At Ngala we encourage each team to plan creative activities that challenge the foundations of violence during the 16 Days in WA campaign. It takes effort but it helps to make real change.”

WA Centre for Rural Health Associate Professor Monica Moran agrees, “Organisations owe it to their employees to foster a respectful and egalitarian work culture.”

“We applaud organisations like Ngala and others that support this important gender-based violence primary prevention campaign.”

 “Ngala is one of many local Geraldton organisations signed onto the Community Respect and Equality initiative that participate monthly in the WA Centre for Rural Health Leading Lights meetings to collaborate and develop messaging to promote respectful relationships, equality and non-violence to the wider community.”

Geraldton’s Community Respect and Equality (CRE) initiative is a way for all kinds of organisations to get involved in changing the values and attitudes that drive gender-based violence. 

For more information about how your organisation can get involved in the primary prevention of family violence, contact Kieran Rigter at Desert Blue Connect on 9964 2742 or visit www.communityrespectandequality.com.au.