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White Ribbon Campaign misrepresents the facts

Today’s Herald has one of the best articles about domestic violence that I’ve ever seen published there.

Tomorrow is White Ribbon Day. This campaign is the public face of the NZ Families Commission’s shameful support of the radical feminist campaign to demonise and discriminate against men.

The only useful function the white ribbon serves is to demonstrate visibly which agencies and social service providers base their work on ideology and covert political agendas rather than evidence-based best practice.

A few elections ago, Peter Dunne attended a meeting of men’s groups in Auckland (and good on him) to discuss his plans for the Families Commission, which he implied was intended to counteract the distorting influence of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs on social policy.

I took the opportunity to ask him what would prevent a feminist ideological capture of his proposed commission, and what safeguards would be in place stop it being yet another source of official funding promoting the feminist, father-free-family agenda.

He responded by telling me that he was aware of the danger, but felt that appointing the right people to run the commission would ensure that it worked as intended. I think the White Ribbon Campaign suggests Mr Dunne was over-optimistic.

Here’s the Herald article:
Bob McCoskrie: Why I won’t be wearing the White Ribbon

If we’re serious about reducing family violence, we need to open both eyes – and tell the truth.

The website says “Violence is endemic within New Zealand. One in three women are victims of violence from a partner”. The first part is right – the second misrepresents the facts.

The claim is based on research which the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has already ruled as being exaggerated when it was used by the Women’s Refuge for their annual appeal television commercial last year.

If we want to tackle family violence, we all – men, women and children – need to pledge to stop violence towards men, women and children. This is a family violence issue, not a gender issue. We’ll then be telling the full story. And I’ll be first in line to wear the appropriate ribbon.

More info about Family First NZ.