White Ribbon in Christchurch
February 25, 2015
White Ribbon asked one of our White Ribbon Ambassadors to talk about his experience of helping to organise White Ribbon Activities in Christchurch. Here’s Andy’s take on how they tackled the campaign.
“The success of White Ribbon in Christchurch would be put down to planning. We are having our debriefing meeting at the end of December to look at what went well and where we could improve. Each member of the planning group comes with a particular are of
expertise and from a different area. This year we were fortunate to have “key staff” from the local Christchurch City Council, Area health board, Police, Correction, as well as linkages with our local Family Violence Collaboration partners and NGO agencies. Having a local White Ribbon Ambassador and an NGO manager who was also a White Ribbon Rider was also helpful. We met Monthly for most of the year and weekly for the last 6 weeks or so.
In 2013 we had our first march which attracted about 450-600 people and the White Ribbon organisation group wanted to raise even more awareness by growing the numbers of those who are marching. We decided to have a combined communications team including comms people from NZ Police, our Canterbury Family violence Collaboration and Child, Youth and Family. Our communications experts decided to have their own meeting to ensure that they could combine messages and work together.
This year we succeeded in getting between 1,000 -1,1500 people to attend our march. Next year we re looking to grow and improve the experience for our participants and to continue to strive to deliver a positive message of challenge, hope and support to those who are gathered to end violence towards women, to take the Pledge and to take action between now and next November 25th.
Feel free to contact me”
White Ribbon Ambassador
Please note this is only a snapshot of the Christchurch region as there were many other events that took place.