Use your power to stop violence against women this International Women’s Day

National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is calling on the XXXX community to think about what they can do to prevent violence against women on International Women’s Day, March 8.  (Please insert your local details in the places marked with XXXX.)

National Council of Women XXX branch President XXXX said that by empowering our community with the tools and confidence to intervene in dangerous situations we can help prevent sexual assault and harassment, bullying, and intimate partner violence.

“The theme for International Women’s Day this year is ‘make it happen.’ We want to encourage action for change, particularly in the area of violence against women which is at epidemic levels in New Zealand, including in the XXXX community.

“We are all responsible for preventing violence in our communities and in order to do so we need to know how to take action to help.”

The Ministry of Social Development’s “Are you that someone?” campaign provides four ideas on how you can safely do this:

  1. Check in – ask the person if they’re OK with what’s going on
  2. Call it as it is – tell them what they’re doing is not OK
  3. Get involved – if you can safely, cause a distraction or split them up!
  4. Get help – grab your mates or others to join you in speaking up.

“We all have the power to make a difference. NCW urges people to do what they can this International Women’s Day to ‘make it happen’ and create a positive change in their community.”

ENDS.

For further information contact: XXXXXX on XXXXXX

To find out more about the National Council of Women of New Zealand, visit www.ncwnz.org.nz

To find out more on how you can step up, speak out and make a difference, visit https://www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/stop-sexual-violence/index.html

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements while calling for greater equality. Established in 1911 by the Socialist Party of America, IWD has been marked by the United Nations since 1975 and is annually celebrated on March 8. For more information visit http://www.unwomen.org.nz/?page_id=309

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