Australian Consulate-General
Noumea, New Caledonia
French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna

White Ribbon Day 2017

Each year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is marked on 25th November.

In Australia, the 25th November is also called ‘White Ribbon Day’. The White Ribbon Australia campaign is the only Australian campaign driven by men focussed on raising awareness amongst men about what they can do to support efforts to combat violence against women.

From 20-24 November 2017, the Australian Consulate General invited the public to tie a white ribbon to the gates of the chancery building in support of the campaign for the elimination of violence against women. We also partnered with the Vice Rectorate to launch a poster competition through New Caledonian and French Polynesian schools to encourage young students to actively participate in ending violence against women and girls. We were very pleased to receive some outstanding pieces of work from students and to display the winning entries on the chancery gates throughout the week.

On 24 November, Consul General Paul Wilson and the team welcomed representatives from institutional, business and civil society bodies for the annual morning tea to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, including Membre du gouvernement chargé d’animer et de contrôler le secteur de l’enseignement Madame Hélène Iekawé, Monsieur le Directeur général adjoint de la CPS Cameron Diver, Monsieur le Procureur de la République Alexis Bouroz et Membre du Congrès de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, Membre de l’Assemblée de la Province Sud et Président de la commission de la condition féminine Madame Nicole Robineau who all offered their thoughtful perspectives on the important work in eliminating violence against women and girls in the Pacific and globally.

 

Member of Government responsible for Education Hélène Iekawé with elected members of New Caledonia's institutions and Australian Consul General Paul Wilson.

 

Honorary Mayor Jean Leques and Commander of the Maritime Zone of New Caledonia Jean-Louis Fournier tying white ribbons at the chancery gate.

 

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