White Ribbon Day
We are a White Ribbon School which means that we promote the White Ribbon movement www.whiteribbon.org.au. The White Ribbon movement promotes the development of respectful relationships to reduce and eliminate violence against women. This is a generational change and one that we are proud to be a part, especially as it ties into our existing practices and focus on ‘respect for all’.
Throughout the year, classes participate in activities and learning experiences (age appropriate) to develop their understanding and knowledge of this important issue and later this term, on Friday 23 November, we will participate in White Ribbon Day (nationally on November 25). Further information regarding the school event will be sent home shortly.
Breaking the Silence is independently evaluated and suitable for both primary and secondary schools. Through the Program, students learn and experience respectful relationships, gender equality and how to challenge attitudes which support violence. The aim is to create real generational change to stop violence against women in Australia.
Schools that complete Breaking the Silence are recognised as White Ribbon Schools, becoming a strong symbol of a safe, equitable workplace and vehicle for community change.
Why are schools important to stop violence against women?
From a young age, young people are exposed to information, messaging and behaviours that can support and condone violence against women. Young people are also already exposed to, and influenced by, domestic violence.
A critical time for forming ideas
During this critical life stage, young people are already forming ideas about men, women and their relationships. Exposure to harmful messaging and gender stereotyping can lead to attitudes that support inequality and disrespect towards women.
Exposure to violence against women also has a clear and negative impact on children and young people’s behaviour, mental health, and social development.
Breaking the cycle of violence
Schools play a pivotal role in breaking the cycle of violence by teaching young people how to recognise and challenge violence against women and build respectful relationships. Breaking the Silence engages the wider school community to promote and role model gender equality and create a safe, inclusive school culture to stop violence against women.
The Australian Government have developed an online resource www.respect.gov.au containing a variety of resources to support initiatives of this nature and this very important issue. I recommend having a look at these resources, particularly the respect checklist as it provides some insightful prompts to have this important conversation with your son or daughter.
A practical checklist to help parents and family members identify some important aspects of respect to talk about with children.
“Adults have the greatest potential influence to shape positive attitudes among young people.”
Discover the hidden meanings of common expressions that can excuse disrespectful behaviour towards girls.