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White Ribbon Australia awards 14 organisations with White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

16 November 2015

 White Ribbon Australia awards 14 organisations with White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

MEDIA RELEASE - 16 November 2015 -

White Ribbon Australia has today conferred the tile of ‘White Ribbon Accredited Workplace’ to 14 outstanding organisations across Australia’s public and private sectors. This is the first group of Australian workplaces, outside of the pilot program, to be officially recognised as taking active steps to prevent and respond to men’s violence against women.

Branding as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace is exclusively available to organisations who have supplied and documented evidence against White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Framework. Accreditation lasts for 3 years, evidencing an ongoing, sustainable commitment from these workplaces, to the prevention of men’s violence against women.

“We congratulate all of the workplaces receiving accreditation today on their outstanding efforts,” Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia said.

“Over the past 18 months, these organisations have dedicated time and resources to review and enhance their HR policies and procedures, the way in which they communicate with staff and have delivered training on what it means to work in a safe and respectful workplace. 

The diversity of organisations we are accrediting today, from the public and private sectors, from small to large employers, all recognise that ending men’s violence against women is absolutely a workplace issue.”

The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation program is a robust and structured initiative. It enables employees working at all levels to better understand men’s violence against women and to make the link between workplace culture and the attitudes and behaviours that support gender inequality.

John Rosewarne, Chair of White Ribbon Australia commented: 

“The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program recognises participant organisations as pioneers in contributing to the national effort to prevent and respond to men’s violence against women. All of the organisations accredited today – from the small to the very large, have evidenced their commitment to gender equality and to lead by example across every aspect of their working environment. Our team of independent Assessors have been highly impressed by the quality of the work submitted.” 

Organisations can visit www.whiteribbon.org.au/workplaces to register their interest.

Accredited Workplaces November 2015

  1. Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program
  2. Australian Defence Force Academy
  3. Belgravia Leisure - Victoria Park Pool, Prince Alfred Park Pool and Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool
  4. Blacktown Workers Club Group
  5. Central Highlands Community Legal Centre Inc
  6. Department for Child Protection & Family Support, Government of Western Australia
  7. DP World Australia
  8. Endeavour Sports High School
  9. Grampians Community Health
  10. iiNet (HR department)
  11. The Australian Army
  12. Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation
  13. Royal Australian Air Force, HQ Air Mobility Group
  14. Shire of Campaspe

Blacktown Workers is the first Club in Australia to take part in White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation program. Neale Vaughan, General Manager of Blacktown Workers Club Group, said:

“The Blacktown Workers Club Group is very proud and humbled to become our Industry’s first White Ribbon Workplace. We are committed and focussed on leading our industry by positively influencing the discussion on anti-domestic violence advocacy. We do so by authentically adding value back into our community though our Staff, Managers and Board of Directors.”

ABOUT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND THE WORKPLACE 

  • One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.[1]
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace.[2]
  • 94% of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women.[3]
  • In a recent survey, 48% of respondents who had experienced domestic violence disclosed it to a manager or supervisor, and only 10% found their response helpful.[4]
  • Disclosure is often a traumatic experience for victims of violence, but it can also be a stressful time for supervisors receiving the disclosure. Training and support is critical.
  • Most workplaces will employ current, former or potential perpetrators and victims of domestic violence at one time or another.

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women.  It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change.  In Australia, White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent violence by changing the attitudes and behaviours that support gender inequality and men’s violence against women. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and prevention initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.

Media enquiries to Selena O’Hare at selena@sbpr.com.au

Phone: +614 25 224 159

 


[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety, Australia, 2012

[2] Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide.

[3] Pennay, D & Powell, A. (2012).  The role of bystander knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in preventing violence against women: A full technical report.  The Social Research Centre. Melbourne.

[4] VicHealth, 2009, National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.


 
 
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