White Ribbon 2019 will be launched with the deep rumble of motorbike engines as Rarotonga’s big bike owners take to the road to support the campaign, says Cook Islands Police.
Spokesperson Trevor Pitt said the spectacle of big bikes cruising around the island on Wednesday, November 21, is how organisers are opening this year’s campaign to help end violence against women.
He said the Police Service is supporting this multi-agency efforts, which tie in with the worldwide campaign toward the official White Ribbon Day on November 25.
“Here in the Cook Islands, the campaign will be over five days of events and activities - from Wednesday 21 through to Sunday November 24,” he said.
He said the main event of the campaign would be held on Saturday, November 23.
In the meantime, anyone with a “big bike” is encouraged to join the Wednesday ride and participate in the planned activities.
Enthusiasts can contact Holi Kairua, who is the manager of Child and Family Unit at the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In a previous statement, the police service said that through prevention and enforcement, police officers are being challenged every day to “break the silence and end the violence”.
Violence against women, and children, or domestic violence, is a dark and hidden crime that demands recognition and exposure for what it is – the most dangerous threat to women globally.
Meanwhile since 1991 men have worn white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.