Lucas Heights Community School marks White Ribbon Day with peer students

United: Jacob and Henry from Gymea Bay, Adele and Aylexis from Lucas Heights Community School and Kirralee and Blake from Kirrawee were on board White Ribbon Day this year. Picture: John Veage
United: Jacob and Henry from Gymea Bay, Adele and Aylexis from Lucas Heights Community School and Kirralee and Blake from Kirrawee were on board White Ribbon Day this year. Picture: John Veage

Lucas Heights Community School hosted it first Sutherland Shire White Ribbon ambassador training day this year.

The event saw more than 150 students unite from 15 primary and high schools, to promote anti-violence against women.

They listened to speeches by a police officer and representatives from Enough is Enough, among others. They also workshopped ideas and initiatives to take back to their schools, and put into action.

A drone captures students uniting for White Ribbon Day.

A drone captures students uniting for White Ribbon Day.

Teacher Jordan Faulkner says the idea aims to break the silence of violence against women.

"The aim of the day is to generate an increased understanding of what individuals, schools and the community can do to work towards eradicating men's violence against women," she said.

"Students were also encouraged to challenge gender stereotypes engrained in society as these in turn can lead to power imbalance in relationships and in worst cases, violence in domestic relationships.

"Education is a powerful social crime prevention technique."

One of the students said they were privileged to be part of the movement.

"Domestic violence shouldn't be an issue that is just swept under the carpet or not spoken about because it's too confronting. It is real."

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