Kaitaia-based Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis, who made eliminating sexual and domestic violence one of his priorities when elected in 2014, took part in a White Ribbon march in Hastings yesterday. Men had to stand up and take control of the issue, he said.
“Women have been carrying this burden for way too long. Coming up to Christmas, the best gift we can give our children is to love their mothers,” he said.
In Auckland, White Ribbon marchers walked up Queen St to Myers Park for a rally.
At Tauranga on Tuesday, 25 White Ribbon riders motored into the Papamoa Plaza to cheers from a crowd of about 50 people. Chief victims advisor to the Government Dr Kim McGregor said it was important that men continued to campaign against violence against women. Read more »
White Ribbon Day
This is a theoretical situation. You are a senior cabinet minister chairing a campaign meeting and a certain anonymous party official, perhaps called “Mr B” is conferenced in by phone. During the conference call Mr B has a screaming match with the aspiring Mrs B to such an extent that your conference call cannot hear anything other than screaming.
a. Call him afterwards and tell him to stop, and explain to him screaming matches with women is a form of domestic violence and are totally unacceptable.
b. Call him afterwards and tell him if he is going to have a screaming match do to so either before or after the conference call.
c. Turn a blind eye and accept that some men get off on screaming at their women and kicking doors down etc
d. Organise a proper screaming match between Mr B and one of your key offsiders who is known as a good screamer and start offering odds to all your mates.
e. Ask Mr B if his dogs respond to screaming as well as his women do.
Who is Mr B? And will MPs from Mr B’s party wear white ribbons, collect on white ribbon day all while sheltering Mr B in their party?
Domestic violence is not just kicking a door down, screaming matches or threatening to beat the shit out of your missus. Cruel words hurt in a different way to blows, and this horrible behaviour should be stamped out. There is no place in any political party for anyone who carries on like Mr B.