Kapiti’s White Ribbons

Kapiti campaigners in White Ribbon action

22nd November 2009

Amnesty International in Kapiti is this year highlighting the need to break the violence and poverty cycle facing women in the Asia-Pacific region, as part of its White Ribbon Day campaigning.

Amnesty International members want New Zealanders support for its campaign for more women’s refuges in Papua New Guinea (PNG) — and long-overdue justice for former “comfort women” who were forced into sexual slavery by Japan during WWII.

Japan has still to adequately apologise or compensate surviving former “comfort women” in what is the world’s largest case of sexual trafficking involving some 200,000 women, only half of whom survived the war.

The Kapiti/Horowhenua Amnesty International group has White Ribbon displays and boxes of white Ribbons at Kapiti, Waikanae, Otaki and Levin libraries.

There are also   posters on the “butterfly petition” action in support of justice for “comfort women.”

Wickham Pack, Kapiti Amnesty co-coordinator, says:

“One day after our 150 handmade butterflies were placed in local libraries we were rung by the librarians to say they’d all been signed, and could they have some more please!

“We were very heartened by the Kapiti response, and another 500 butterflies have been delivered to libraries.”

White Ribbon posters, brochures and white ribbons have also been delivered to Kapiti, Paraparaumu and Levin Colleges.

In addition, Amnesty members will be joining Voices Against Violence at their information stall at Coastlands, 9 –5 pm, on Wednesday, November 25.

There is also a ‘Family Fun’ afternoon with live bands and sausage sizzles at MacLean’s Park, Paraparaumu, from 12 – 3pm, on Saturday, November 28.  There is no charge for admission.

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