Dec 1, 2010

Men speak out against violence to women

Wests Tigers players Todd Payten and Chris Heighington joined local Labor Member Anthony Albanese at a White Ribbon breakfast in Haberfield this morning to speak about the campaign to eliminate violence against women and girls. The event was highly popular with over 60 people attending the breakfast.

Todd Payten led the participants in swearing the oath to end men’s violence against women and encouraged other men to do the same by visiting the website myoath.com.au

Mr Albanese spoke of the importance of the White Ribbon campaign and some of the actions the federal government had taken to reduce violence against women and girls.

“In the past fortnight, the Gillard Labor Government released a draft Bill proposing amendments to the Family Law Act to provide better protections for children and families at risk of violence,” said Mr Albanese.

“White Ribbon Day is an acknowledgement that men need to take responsibility for their actions. It is important that all women be treated with respect and functions such as today’s are about spreading that anti-violence message.”

The breakfast raised $720 which will be donated to the White Ribbon Foundation.

From left, Haberfield businessman Antonio Bamonte, Wests Tigers player Chris Heighington, Anthony Albanese, Tony Toscano from the Haberfield Post Restaurant and Todd Payten, also from the Wests Tigers.