The White Ribbon Campaign to end men's violence against women was today launched throughout New Zealand with Tauranga Mayor Stuart Crosby , pictured, endorsing his community's response.
"I'm proud to take part in the White Ribbon Campaign. Violence against women is unacceptable, and as mayor, and as a man, I want to play my part in ending this violence," Mr Crosby said.
Mayors around the country have put their signatures on a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence towards women. The signatures will be displayed on November 25, international White Ribbon Day.
"On average, 14 women die and over 3500 men are convicted for assaults on women every year. As a community, we must take responsibility to end this violence, and that is why I and many other mayors throughout New Zealand are putting our names on the White Ribbon pledge," Mr Crosby said.
"Violence so often starts in the home and that makes it a community problem. Our council has always taken violence seriously, and the White Ribbon Campaign is a chance to talk about the issues openly and honestly.