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Five things EVERY woman should share with that special man in her life…

white_ribbon_night_jpgThe SheEO Blog is not all about domestic violence. But it is an issue that affects all of us and I realized after my last post that tomorrow is the annual White Ribbon Night. So I thought I would revisit this issue with a new lens: the one that is firmly from the viewpoint of men. Because in my last post I asked you to consider what we – all women and men – can do to help prevent family violence. But, of course, violence directed at women is not a women’s issue and things will never change til more men get on board.

White Ribbon gets this. It’s Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women and the campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education right across the spectrum of our community from schools, to workplaces, and beyond.

It turns out that TOMORROW Friday 25 July is their annual White Ribbon Night (is that timing serendipitous or what?) and this night is all about getting men together to unite in ending violence against women. Great idea… but even if your special man (READ: you dad, uncle, partner, husband, son, boss, neighbour, etc) is a nicest guy on the block he might need convincing why HE IS THE ONE that needs to make this change happen.

So…. Here I’ve put together five things every man needs to know about gender violence or domestic violence or family violence, whatever you wish to call it:

  1. At least one woman dies every week from domestic violence in Australia. It happens in the most wealthy suburbs through to the most remote; no one is immune.
  2. In 2005, over 1.2 million women across Australia experienced domestic violence at sometime during their lifetime.
  3. Domestic violence (combined with sexual assault perpetrated against women) costs the Australian taxpayers around $13.6 billion every year. And 800,000 working women will their ability to earn a living compromised by domestic or family violence.
  4. What about men? Yes, domestic violence is experienced by both men and women. But the majority of perpetrators of violence are men and only 4% of assaults against men are perpetrated by a female current or former partner. So the greatest need for action lies with the men.
  5. Gender violence is not a women’s issue; it’s a men’s issue. This clip says it better than I do and it should be compulsory viewing for every man in every home, every workplace and every university.


I’ve just shared this post with the special man in my life – and asked him to pass it on to his mates. I hope you’ll find someone special to share it with too.

You can register to participate in White Ribbon Night, or make a donation to support ending violence against women, here.


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Jen Dalitz

What are the lessons you’re teaching your kids? We took the opportunity of a holiday long weekend to visit my mum interstate as the timing of the trip coincided with my son’s favourite AFL team battling it out against my mum’s beloved team. Perhaps only those of you with the love for AFL will appreciate why we’d plan a long distance trip around a game of footy, but suffice to say it was a passion project! With every ounce of anticipation, the game was a tough, tight duel and could easily have gone either way. Yet when the final siren sounded, it wasn’t our team that was smiling. It sure is tough for a 10 year old boy to sit within a crowd 41,000+ people all cheering for the opposite side. It was tough for him to see the exhaustion and disappointment on the faces of the players he adores. And yet, it’s so important for him to learn that his team won’t always win. There’s so many lessons in that, but the one I chose to instil is that you won’t always back the team that wins but you’ll always back the team that you love. That’s why I asked him to wear his team colours home the next day, and show his support even when the chips are down. That’s the kind of commitment I want my son to learn and the kind of team player I want him to be. PS. #gotheGiants @GWSGiants #neversurrender ... See MoreSee Less

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Jen Dalitz

I haven’t been here in a while as the writing has been on hold. But I was reminded today that there are things in our life that light us up. That might take us out of our comfort zone but, once you sit with it, bring you both joy and a sense of “I can do this” achievement. These moments are such a gift. So I’m curious, what’s your special thing that lights you up?

Despite (or in spit of) my professional career, these moments for me normally involve my horses. I’ll never be an equestrian Olympian, but I take great pleasure in all the lessons my horses teach me. They remind me that it’s a team effort, we’re in it together, and that if I’m prepared to give a little bit more, they will too. That’s true whether we’re on the ground taking care of their feet, or grooming, or when I’m atop riding as one. Two hearts one team.
It’s hard to describe the adrenaline and joy they bring to my life. But I’d love to know, what lights you up??
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