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Press release: 50 Canberra cafes join campaign to end violence against women

Over 50 Canberra cafes will join in a special campaign to run on International Women’s Day –on Tuesday 8 March, raising awareness of violence against women.

The campaign, run by local advocacy organisation This is Not a ‘Wife Beater’ (NAWB) in collaboration with YWCA Canberra, will see cafes serving takeaway coffee in special cups featuring messages that expose victim-blaming language and encourage positive bystander action to end violence against women.

“We want to raise awareness of the way our language and culture implicitly minimises and even condones violence against women, and often blames the victim for the violence perpetrated against her,” campaign coordinator and founder of TINAWB, Alisa Draskovic, said. ‘We believe this campaign will get people thinking about the ways in which our language contributes to how women are treated in our community, and the everyday ways we can condemn violence against women and promote respectful relationships.’

Frances Crimmins, Executive Director of YWCA Canberra said the campaign also raises much needed awareness of primary prevention, as a key part of ending violence against women in the long term.

‘If we’re going to address the underlying attitudes and behaviours that lead to victim-blaming, and a culture of gender inequality that causes violence against women, it’s crucial that we have respectful relationships programs in our schools,’ Ms Crimmins said.

‘This campaign will also raise funds for YWCA Canberra’s suite of respectful relationships programs, and is a really positive way for the community to take action this International Women’s Day.’

The takeaway coffee cups will be available at participating cafes from Tuesday 8 March until sold out. Members of the public are encouraged to join in through social media in the lead up to Tuesday 8 March and throughout the week.

For more information, please visit www.thisisnawb.com.au and www.ywca-canberra.org.au/iwd2016. You can download the full press release below.

Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute