Say no to violence

NEVER OKAY: The TWU supports White Ribbon Day.
NEVER OKAY: The TWU supports White Ribbon Day. Contributed

VIOLENCE against women is never okay and at the Transport Workers' Union we are proud to stand up and say so.

The facts in Australia surrounding violence against women are nothing short of appalling.

One in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence perpetrated by someone they know. On average, one woman dies every week from domestic violence.

Throughout 2014, our union has worked closely with White Ribbon, Australia's male-led campaign to end men's violence against women. This epidemic continues to plague our communities so we are doing our bit to raise awareness and tackle it head on.

Back in August, 600 TWU NSW delegates took the White Ribbon oath at our annual delegate's conference, swearing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.

Since then we have spread the word in yards across NSW and held a series of events to mark White Ribbon Day last Tuesday.

A fair bit of cash was raised, but more importantly, a key message to end men's violence against women was delivered.

We want our support for this campaign to unite all men, not just in transport but across the entire country, so together we can end the cycle of violence.

To further spread our reach, we teamed up with bus operator Transdev to create a bus-sized billboard for White Ribbon. Sydney's Nova 96.9 newsreader and White Ribbon ambassador Matt De Groot launched the bus campaign and led drivers in White Ribbon oath.

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