TODAY is White Ribbon Day, a day dedicated nationally to stopping violence against women in Australia.
We might think that in Canberra this issue has been well and truly dealt with, but unfortunately this is not the case as those in the welfare and health industries will tell you.
The most pertinent story in history regarding a shift against violence against women, as well as the inherent value and equality of every member of the human race, must go back to the gospel of John.
There is one scene where a woman caught in adultery is dragged into the marketplace to be publicly beaten and killed (a practice that still occurs in some parts of the world today).
Jesus of Nazareth stands between her accusers and the woman, making clear that he was willing to put himself in danger in order to protect her, and he eventually convinces the crowd to disperse.
This, of course, is only a small snapshot of the message, but it is these stories around Jesus which ultimately transformed Western culture into one that didn’t treat women as second-class.
What he did is certainly what I think is required of all of us, to stand in the way of anyone attempting to harm those most vulnerable in our society, and this is what I think White Ribbon Day is about.