At the 2019 Moreton Bay Says NO to Violence March, organised by Encircle Ltd., football legend Petero Civoniceva questioned why the issue of climate change receives more media attention than domestic violence.
“I take the debate about climate change, for example,” Petero Civoniceva said in the podcast above.
“Yes, an important debate regardless of which way you stand, but why can’t we find that same level of media coverage, attention and passionate dialogue around another woman being killed as a result of domestic violence?
“Where is that level of attention around another family shattered as a direct result of her death?
“Imagine if we had that level of attention and focus on this matter.
“Maybe then we could fast track change of attitudes, resources, better education and legislative support around stopping domestic violence in our communities,” Petero Civoniceva concluded.
The event, supported by Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism (MBRIT), saw record attendance at Mon Komo, Redcliffe.
Petero Civoniceva Speech TRANSCRIPT
Speaker 1: We’re going to hear from some key leaders today in our community. The CEO of Encircle, Patrick Boltman, will be leading us in the end, as we said in our oath, but we want to start with one of Redcliff’s own, Petero Civoniceva, the former NRL and [inaudible 00:00:22] rugby legend, just to have a few words with us. Thanks, Petero.
Petero C.: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. It’s absolutely amazing to be here this morning to share in what is such an important message within our community. I do have a few notes here to help me on my way. Why am I here today speaking to you all about domestic violence? Well, here are some sobering facts. One in three women in Australia have experienced physical or sexual abuse perpetrated by someone known to them. On average, one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner in Australia. I’m absolutely sick of turning on the nightly news just to see another act of domestic violence ending in a tragic, unnecessary death.
Violence against women is my issue because I’m a son, a brother, a husband, and a father to females in my life who I love and care for daily. I want them to live without fear of violence in their lives, plain and simple. Violence against women has been in our communities for too long. Morton Bay says no to violence.
Event and organisations like Encircle are encouraging the whole of community that [inaudible 00:01:47]. Violence against women is totally unacceptable and it is everyone’s responsibility to prevent it for the important and love of women in our lives. At the moment, we have a media and large sections of our community, unfortunately, that turn a blind eye to domestic violence and the epidemic in this country.
I take the debate about climate change, for example. Yes, an important debate regardless of which way you stand, but why can’t we find that same level of media coverage, attention and passionate dialogue around another woman being killed as a result of domestic violence? Where is that level of attention around another family shattered as a direct result of her death? Imagine if we had that level of attention and focus on this matter. Maybe then we could fast track change of attitudes, resources, better education and legislative support around stopping domestic violence in our communities.
As a community and a society in regard to domestic violence, we must make a stand. That is why today’s march is so important. Events this strive to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and sustain violence against women. This is done by engaging and enabling the community to lead social change through awareness-raising, by attending events just like this, and having real conversations with their families, friends and workplaces.
I commend everyone for being here this morning, but especially the men, and young men. When it comes to this issue, there’s always better and smarter choices to be made, as violence is never the answer in handling a difficult and emotional situation. I commend you all in taking the oath and committing to leading other men and young boys to stand up, speak out, and continue to take action to prevent men’s violence against women. Thank you.