On average, fifty-two women in Australia will be killed by their partners each year. That’s one woman killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.Furthermore, one in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by a person known to them and 40% of women have experienced violence since the age of 15.
These shocking stats remind us of the systemic oppression women face and the impact that male violence against women has on the wider Australian community.
It’s an issue that affects everyone.
White Ribbon is Australia’s only male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women. White Ribbon day is held annually on 25th of November and observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Sport is an important vehicle in spreading the message of White Ribbon and producing social change, and the Wanderers are committed to supporting the campaign through several ways.
Saturday’s fixture against Wellington Phoenix is our annual game in support of the White Ribbon campaign, and players will be donning the traditional Red & Black home jersey with the White Ribbon logo in the centre.
White Ribbons will be available for purchase in the stadium before the game whilst the White Ribbon pledge will be delivered by White Ribbon ambassadors.
At half-time, 52 Wanderers kids will enter the field to represent the 52 women who die each year as a result of men’s violence against women. Supporters are also encouraged to wear white to show their commitment for the cause.
Wanderers players will also participate in the Liverpool White Ribbon Walk to be held on White Ribbon day.
There are several ways you can get involved and make a difference so stand up, speak out and act to help end men’s violence against women.
You can purchase tickets to the fourth annual White Ribbon match this Saturday when Western Sydney Wanderers take on Wellington Phoenix a Pirtek Stadium. Kick-off is 5:15pm.