National White Ribbon Day is the 25th of November. Every year The Taupō Violence Intervention Network collaborates with community and holds a local event to raise awareness and host the White Ribbon Riders. This year, the Taupo White Ribbon Day event will be held at the Pihanga Reserve on the 20th of November, 4:30-6:00pm.
The 2017 campaign is progressing well. The 2016 campaign research findings showed the need for further focus on the following areas:
- Respectful relationships between men and women
- ‘Consent’ as a necessary requirement of all sexual relationships
- Men challenging the attitudes and behaviours of other men
- Empowering fathers (and other male influencers) to develop their sons' (young boys/men) respectful behaviour through the use of on-line toolboxes.
To make this happen, the campaign will be hosting workshops with a prominent White Ribbon co-founder, Michael Kaufman, and producing a short film that will increase awareness and encourage discussions about ‘respectful relationships’. They will also be creating a range of resources to help ensure men (and all caregivers) have the confidence to talk about ‘respectful relationships’ and ‘respectful sexual relationships’ with their sons (and all children). The 2017 White Ribbon Ride preparation is underway with revised routes in both the North and South Islands. The campaign aims to further empower communities to come together and support each other to promote the campaign. These communities will see volunteers, ambassadors, and community groups working as a united front to help increase our year-long presence.