CGHS steps up campaign against family violence 23.11.2016
The four have been growing their beards to encourage people to ask about their changed appearance, initiating conversation about standing up against violence towards women.
The campaign is currently running across the service and according to CGHS Social Health Manager and Women’s and Children Care Coordinator, Kristen Millar, it has really “taken off”.
It will culminate with an event in the Sale campus cafeteria on 29 November at 12.45pm where four previously clean shaven staff members will have their beards cut.
“Each week, updated photos are sent to all staff, along with information, statistics and myth busters on violence against women,” Kirsten said.
Sarah Corbell from Gippsland Women’s Health Service has provided education and information to the four participants around family violence, explaining what questions to expect from curious people and how to respond appropriately.
Ms Millar said everyone was overwhelmed at how powerful this event had been in creating opportunities to talk about family violence and dispel some of the myths that surround it.
“Each week, updated photos are sent to all staff, along with information, statistics and myth busters on violence against women,” she said.
Ms Millar said everyone was overwhelmed at how “powerful this event had been in creating opportunities to talk about family violence and dispel some of the myths that surround it”.
“On 29 November, we will invite staff and members of the public to join us for lunch and watch as the four have their beards shaved off,” she said. “The men will then stand together, inviting all male attendees to stand with them and pledge the oath.
“We will be raising money for the foundation, both on the day, and throughout the campaign.”
White Ribbon Ambassador, Eamon Leahy, will be guest at the event while local barber Leigh Nation has volunteered his time to shave the CGHS staff members.
All CGHS staff and interested members of the public are welcome to cafeteria at Sale hospital to help celebrate the men’s achievement and witness their pledge. “We would love encourage as many men as possible to stand beside them and take the oath with them in support of ending violence towards women,” Ms Millar said.
A $1 from every healthy lunch sold is being donated to White Ribbon Foundation. Currently there are arm bands and pins available to purchase from HR to show your support for White Ribbon.
In another initiative, holders for STOP family violence cards have been put in all public toilets across CGHS. The aim is for the cards to be available in a place where people experiencing family violence are likely to be alone. The cards fold small so can be hidden in clothing/shoes.
All the profits from this will be sent to the White Ribbon Foundation along with the money from the lunches.
Meanwhile CGHS will also take part in the Wellington Champions of Change Breakfast. This is where female and male leaders and participants in business, education, sport, the arts and community life to come together on 25 November, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day, Friday, 25 November, to discover and support the work being done locally to promote gender equality and prevent family violence.
The four CGHS White Ribbon Ambassadors will attend.
For more information, please contact Lynne Smith on 0437 918 234