Recently, Deputy National Secretary Mick Doleman - White Ribbon's Ambassador of the Year - tossed the coin at the International Rugby League Match (Australia vs New Zealand) held in Newcastle.
Mick was present at the game to promote the White Ribbon cause, and to partner with the Rugby League to say no to violence against women.
While interviewed prior to the game, Mick said:
Violence against women is a serious problem in our society. Statistics show that one in three Australian women over the age of 15 have reported experiencing physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives. In addition to the obvious personal costs to the women involved, this violence costs our community. In the 2009 Time for Action report KPMG estimated that violence against women and their children cost the Australian economy $13.6 billion annually and this was expected to rise to $15.6 billion by 2021. Domestic and family violence is also the major cause of homelessness for women and their children. White Ribbon works to stop this insidious violence.
The MUA has been a proud partner of White Ribbon for several years, and all branches are key participants. The MUA has encouraged all officials and delegates to become ambassadors and promote the cause in their worksites.
As Ambassador of the Year, Mick will continue to do important events throughout the coming year. All MUA members are encouraged to get involved - you can find out more about white ribbon HERE.