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Weekly Media Roundup

November 22, 2019 at 1:14 PM

Newshub: White Ribbon research shows toxic masculinity stereotypes still remain in New Zealand

The toxic masculine stereotypes of 'being tough' and 'boys don't cry' still remain in New Zealand, research shows.

The research, which was commissioned by anti-domestic violence charity White Ribbon, found the majority of men were exposed to masculine stereotypes as children.

While growing up 47 percent of the 485 male responders were told that boys don't cry, and 65 percent were told boys should harden or toughen up. Only 9 percent of the 524 female responders were told growing up they shouldn't cry.

White Ribbon manager Rob McCann said these stereotypes put pressure on men to behave in a certain way. 



Stuff: Bikers to hit the road for a long journey against domestic violence

A group of bikers embarking on a 2000 kilometre ride have a simple message.

"We want to get men to stand up, speak out and stop violence towards women," White Ribbon ambassador Ken Mahon said.

On Saturday, the 18-strong White Ribbon crew will leave Picton on their annual South Island odyssey, travelling down the West Coast to Invercargill and back up the east coast. Along the way, they'll stop at community and school halls to raise awareness of domestic violence.

While it's Mahon's first time captaining the event, he has five White Ribbon rides under his belt.



Voxy: UNiTE Campaign 'Orange the World' aims to end Violence against Women

The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is this coming Monday 25 November 2019.

UN Women Aotearoa New Zealand are bringing awareness of the UNiTE Campaign (UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women) to New Zealand. 25 November will mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism this year under the theme: "Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!", running until 10 December, International Human Rights Day. This year’s campaign focuses on the rape culture that prevails in our society, whether in situations of conflict, peace, in our homes or on the streets, that we must address now.

In New Zealand 1 in 3 women will experience violence whether it be physical or sexual within their lifetime and by far the biggest risk is from a partner. If psychological and emotional abuse is included 55% of women in New Zealand will experience intimate partner violence.



Human Resources Director: Domestic violence: What's HR's responsibility?

Ahead of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November, it’s important to consider the role employers have to play when addressing domestic violence and how it affects the workplace.

As a national welfare issue, domestic and family violence not only affects the victim in their personal lives, but in their professional life too.

Marcela Slepica, Clinical Director AccessEAP, acknowledges the role employers and work play in supporting women dealing with this issue.

“Domestic violence has very real impacts on employees and the workplace,” said Slepica. 



Stuff: Empty shoes highlight violence against women and children in New Zealand

A poignant display highlighting violence against women and children will be displayed around the region as part of an international campaign.

November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, kicks off a global 16 Days of Activism event where organisations raise awareness of gender-based violence.

Local Soroptimist International members are joining the activisim with a board with a pair of shoes for every woman and child who died in family violence incidents last year.



Newsroom: We must let go of illusions to address child abuse

Are possible solutions to child maltreatment complicated? Yes. Quantum physics? No. The University of Auckland's Dr Ian Hyslop looks at how we can address child abuse as a social problem. 

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Newsroom: Frustration over Government welfare inaction

Analysis: On World Children’s Day, Jacinda Ardern opened a children’s playground on Parliament’s front lawn. She says it’s a symbol of her commitment to kids, but those at the coalface say the Government is falling short. Laura Walters reports

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NZ Herald: Family violence in the supermarket car park: What would you do?

To the woman who intervened — s***, you were brave. I really want you to know that.

He was big, muscled and angry. You were half his size and not muscled. But you were brave.

I was driving out of the South Mall supermarket car park in Manurewa last Sunday afternoon when I first heard the yelling.

To my left was a parked car. On one side stood an angry man. On the other, the woman he was yelling at.

"Get in the f***en car, b***h. Get in the f***en car, now!"

Again and again and again.



RNZ: Sexual violence law changes 'long overdue'

Analysis - Last Thursday, we saw the first reading of the Sexual Violence Legislation Bill in Parliament. Once passed, this Bill will bring about some fundamental shifts inside courtrooms for survivors of sexual violence. It is Wellington Rape Crisis's hope that this will make real progress towards reducing the harm that seeking justice has caused for survivors.

These changes are a reflection of efforts by a range of voices, including survivors and specialists working in the sector. They build on the momentum of reports and research, such as the 2007 taskforce and the 2015 Law Commission report, that have provided recommendations to begin to transform our courts. Too many New Zealanders have experienced sexual violence, and not enough have felt comfortable engaging in our justice system or have been left feeling revictimised and traumatised by their experience.

This Bill will hopefully mitigate two problems for survivors seeking justice through our court system.



RNZ: Survivors quit abuse royal commission over lack of support, misinformation

Two abuse survivors have quit a Royal Commission advisory group after being unknowingly exposed to a convicted paedophile.

The two men have accused the new chair Judge Coral Shaw of spreading misinformation about the matter, and have accused the commission as a whole of sidelining the survivor group.



Newshub: Grace Millane murder trial: Heartbreaking posts show pain of losing 22yo as family gift handbags to domestic violence victims

The bereaved family of Grace Millane are speaking out in heartbroken posts of their pain and loss while raising awareness for their charity 'Love Grace'. 

After Grace's death, her parents David and Gillian set up the organisation to help victims of domestic violence. 

"Love Grace has been set up after our Grace," they say on Facebook. "A beautiful daughter, sister, aunty, cousin, most loved family member and friend to many." 



RNZ: Cannabis reform debate overshadows alcohol-related harm - addiction specialist

A leading addictions specialist says the political focus on cannabis reform is drowning out debate on the bigger problem of alcohol-related harm.

According to the annual New Zealand Health Survey this week, one in five adult New Zealanders drank alcohol last year in a way that could hurt themselves or others.

Among 18 to 24 year olds, more than 21 percent have engaged in binge-drinking (that's having six or more drinks in one sitting), up from 16.5 percent in 2012.

The head of the National Addictions Centre, Professor Doug Sellman, said alcohol-related harm costs the country about $8 billion a year.



E-Tangata: Eteuati Ete: The things we don’t laugh about

Eteuati Ete is best known as one half of The Laughing Sāmoans, the popular comedy partnership he founded with Tofiga Fepulea’i. But in this interview with Dale, he talks mostly about overcoming the violence that nearly wrecked his family and why it’s important for him to tell that story.

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Scoop: Chester Borrows condemns the use of police cells for children

Press Release: Amnesty International

Amnesty International, Chester Borrows and JustSpeak call for action on Universal Children’s Day

It’s Universal Children’s Day 2019 and Amnesty International, along with Chester Borrows and JustSpeak are drawing attention to the issue of children being locked in adult police cells.

Under current New Zealand law, a child as young as 14 can be held for over 48-hours in a police cell, often because there are simply not enough beds available elsewhere.

Figures obtained by Amnesty International in September last year show the instances of youth in police cells for more than 24-hours almost doubled from 2014 to 2018, with a lack of beds in youth justice residences being cited as one of the main causes.

More recently, data from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner shows the number of young people remanded in cells are 70% Māori.



Newshub: Violence against hospital staff 'out of control' - Doctors' union

The union representing doctors says violence against hospital staff is "out of control".

Data released to Newshub under the Official Information Act from DHBs nationwide details hundreds of alarming cases of staff receiving death threats, being punched and abused by intoxicated patients and visitors.

The Resident Doctors' Association has labelled the problem a "growing plague" that is "massively under-reported". Emergency doctors agree the level of violence is only increasing.

Newshub has an exclusive report on the problem in the latest of the Because It Matters series.



The Spinoff: The slow, important work of keeping women safe in our cities

Organisations from across Auckland have gathered to come up with solutions to make the city safer for women at night – including a commitment from Uber NZ to make it easier to report harassment and abuse, write Emma McInnes and Amanda Gilmore.

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