On 25 November 2015, Monash supported the White Ribbon Campaign by hosting a breakfast at Monash Club.
Professor David Copolov was the Master of Ceremony and Mr. Andrew Picouleau gave a presentation on the initiatives being taken at Monash to support the White Ribbon movement.
Guest speaker Dr Ken Lay delivered a moving and illuminating keynote address. As former Chief Police Commissioner of Victoria, White Ribbon Ambassador and chair of the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and Children, Dr Lay is uniquely qualified to speak on the topic of violence against women. He has publicly campaigned for significant cultural change in Australia, encouraging men to understand the role they play in gender inequity, which is one of the fundamental drivers of family violence.
In a moving address, Dr Lay reviewed the findings of recent Federal Government research which revealed the commonplace attitudes towards family violence that entrenches the mistreatment of women in our society.
Dr Lay revealed that he was shocked and saddened by the findings of the survey, saying:
"... for the all things I've seen, in my many, many years in Victoria Police, this important evidence of the origins of gender violence and our complacency to it, brought me to tears."
A transcript of his full speech is available on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the ABC's recording of Dr Lay's full address can be viewed below.