Letter seeking retailer support
White Ribbon Day – 25 November
White Ribbon Day, 25 November, is the international day when people wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone violence towards women.
During the week leading up to 25 November many communities around New Zealand use White Ribbon Day to draw attention to family violence and raise awareness of the ways in which people can seek help to change their behaviour.
In New Zealand most violence against women takes place in the home with one woman killed every 28 days by their partner or ex-partner. Each year there are over 3,500 convictions recorded against men for assaults on women and one in five women will experience sexual assault or sexual interference at some point in their lives.
The White Ribbon Day campaign is supported by dozens of government agencies, community organisations and human rights organisations who work together to raise awareness of White Ribbon Day and the days leading up to it.
The campaign provides an opportunity for individuals and businesses within communities to take an active part in efforts to end family violence. Some retailers show their support through white ribbon window displays or by mounting campaign posters in their street-frontage windows, others display the white ribbon symbol on their web pages or in their advertising to householders.
[Business name] is a prominent [name of town] business and we invite you to join others in showing leadership and support for the White Ribbon Day campaign.
Please visit www.whiteribbon.org.nz for more information or contact me on [your phone number] to discuss ways in which your organisation can participate.