White Ribbon Day is an international campaign that promotes the elimination of violence against women. The City of Ballarat recognises that all violence is unacceptable. For many years the City of Ballarat has identified the importance of preventing violence against women and children because it is prevalent, serious and preventable. Council encourages the entire community to address the causes of this violence which is now well established as being gender inequality.
The City of Ballarat supports a number of community events to mark White Ribbon Day on the 25 November every year.
The City of Ballarat has partnered with a number of local organisations to display messaging in prominent locations that encourage the community to ‘take a stand to prevent violence against women and children’. Look out for the step stickers on the Town Hall, Alfred Deakin Place, Victoria Police, State Government Offices, Neighbourhood Centres and all Ballarat Community Health locations.
Since 2013, the City of Ballarat has been displaying a large (approximately three metres) metal sculpture to show support for the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against women and Children, also known as White Ribbon Day.