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Cook Islands men stand up, loud and proud

Thursday November 21, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Police officer Cummings, First Secretary New Zealand Aid Manager Okesene Moananu, Internal Affairs Child and Family Services manager Holi Marukoi Kairua and Paul Lynch Napa, line up to drive around the island in support of White Ribbon Day. 19112011 Police officer Cummings, First Secretary New Zealand Aid Manager Okesene Moananu, Internal Affairs Child and Family Services manager Holi Marukoi Kairua and Paul Lynch Napa, line up to drive around the island in support of White Ribbon Day. 19112011

Cook Islands men roared out of Avarua yesterday in the country’s first White Ribbon Big Bike Rally, speaking out to prevent violence against women.

 

Police escorted the small entourage, including quad bikes, on their drive around the island.

Internal Affairs Child and Family Services manager Holi Marukoi Kairua said it was about creating more awareness of domestic violence and abuse, not just on Rarotonga but the Pa Enua too. It was about breaking the cycle.

Paul Lynch Napa, who took part in the bike rally, said our communities needed to address the problem. “We should all be saying no to domestic violence, there are better ways to handle issues.

“Men need to take responsibility with domestic violence, there is a high domestic violence rate in our country.

“It’s a culture that has to change, it has to change with our men; men should take responsibility to have safer families and a safer community.

The New Zealand High Commission is supporting the White Ribbon movement in the Cook Islands, says

First Secretary Okesene Moananu, “so the issues relating to family violence, domestic violence and violence against women, are highlighted and addressed through targeted programmes.”

The community is invited to join a march of solidarity tomorrow from 10.30am, beginning at the Avarua Roundabout.

‘March to end the violence’ will proceed through town to the Punanga Nui Market.

Organisations, government departments, youngsters and the general public are encouraged to attend.