11 Nov 2015
On Friday 30 October 11 Ruyton Community Service Representatives from Years 7 to 12 attended the Boroondara White Ribbon event where four speakers discussed the issues surrounding domestic violence and the toll it can take on those involved. The speakers included the Mayor of Boroondara Councillor Coral Ross, the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University, Professor Jennelle Kyd and Detective Superintendent Rod Jouning. We were also extremely privileged to hear 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, speak about her own experiences, and deliver an insight into the importance of the issue. The underlying theme of Rosie’s presentation reiterated Malcolm Turnbull’s statement that 'disrespect towards women does not always result in violence, but all violence against women begins with disrespect', emphasising that the issue of domestic violence is precipitated by the overarching notion of gender inequality. All of the speakers commented on how pleasing it was to see so many people attend the event, in particular the large number of secondary school students. At the conclusion of the event, all audience members were invited to take the pledge, ‘I vow never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women’.
It was an interesting, engaging and empowering morning for all who attended and I thank Mrs Barrah for organising our involvement.
Community Service Captain 2015
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