Friday 25 November 2016 was White Ribbon Day.

It’s a sad reflection on the world we live in that a need even exists for such a campaign.

DID YOU KNOW: On average, across a 12-month period, one woman is killed by her current or former partner each week (

In 2015, the Queensland Government released a report entitled Not Now, Not Ever – Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence

The report made 140 recommendations based on the insights gathered from communities and individuals.

CSIA is a strong advocate for the findings of this report and we support campaigns that actively work towards ending violence in our communities.

On White Ribbon Day we hosted a table at the White Ribbon Day Breakfast at the Brisbane Entertainment and Convention Centre.

CSIA. one Million Stars to End Violence

We’re also supporting the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign which will culminate in an extraordinary installation during the launch of the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

We’ll be officially launching our support for this initiative at our AGM on 8 December this year.

Maryann Talia Pau, the Victorian woman behind the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign, started her journey weaving ribbon stars as a personal response to the death of Jill Meagher in 2012.

Since then, it has become an international movement. Maryann has seen the weaving of ribbon stars spread across Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe and the USA.

Beautiful handmade stars from across the world have already been featured in an array of displays at the Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Queen Street Mall Brisbane (G20), Myer Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House.

But for this humble campaign, there is yet more to achieve.

“The short term goal is to weave one million stars for an installation during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), in partnership with the GC2018 arts and cultural program. The long term goal is to be light and courage for each other and not act violently with our words and actions, but with passion and generosity.” (  

For more information on the One Million Stars to End Violence campaign, click the button below.