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White Ribbon Sign as Bulldogs Major Community Partner

A determination to see all women living in safety, free from violence and abuse has led to the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs today becoming the first professional sporting team in Australia to sign White Ribbon as their major community partner.

The Club has committed to assisting White Ribbon in their work to eliminate violence against women with a three year partnership that will see:

  • all players taking the White Ribbon Oath in which they swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women
  • the Bulldogs becoming a White Ribbon accredited work place & encouraging business partners to follow their lead
  • players trained to operate as White Ribbon Ambassadors
  • the delivery of the White Ribbon Schools programme to five schools within the Canterbury Bankstown District during every year of the partnership
  • promotion of White Ribbon messaging through game day activations
  • provision of significant fundraising opportunities for White Ribbon

Every week at least one Australian woman dies as a result of domestic violence and the entire Bulldogs playing squad, staff, Board and supporters will take their first steps towards helping change community behaviours that perpetuate violence when they join the official White Ribbon Day march through Lakemba on Tuesday 25 November.

“If we are going use to our profile to make the community a better place, we need to be passionate about the cause,” said Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle.

“Since joining the Bulldogs it has been very apparent that our playing group and our staff are strongly opposed to violence against women.

“White Ribbon is committed to engaging with men and boys to change behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and through a comprehensive campaign that involves our players and supporters we are determined to help them make a difference.”

Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman says the playing group is united in their desire for all mothers, daughters, wives, partners and friends to be able to live a life free from violence and abuse.

“We want to use our voices to let as many people as possible know that violence against women is not acceptable,” Tolman said.

“We want the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the club or individual players on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, anybody who watches our games on TV or reads about us in the paper to know exactly where we stand on this issue.

“We want blokes to know how to respond if they see or hear of acts of violence against women and we’ll be working in the schools to try and prevent the sort of behaviour that can lead to violence against and women.”

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies expects the ground breaking partnership with the Bulldogs will impact the local community and clearly indicate to all the Club’s leadership in preventing violence in the Canterbury Bankstown district.

“This is a very strategic partnership for us because we know that the Bulldogs are the heart and soul of a very proud area.  When their players talk, people listen and it is important for White Ribbon to have a partner with such a strong influence, particularly over men,” Davies said.

“With rates of domestic violence in Bankstown well above the state average and still growing, we need to inspire significant behavioural change and we’re looking forward to working with the Bulldogs to make this happen.”

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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White Ribbon Australia & Virgin Australia partner to prevent violence against women

White Ribbon has joined forces with leading Australian airline, Virgin Australia to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women.

White Ribbon aims to end men’s violence against women by changing the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate this violence, and promoting the positive role men play in preventing it.

As part of the new partnership, White Ribbon will be able to deliver further violence prevention education to schools and communities across Australia, utilising Virgin Australia’s extensive domestic network.

Virgin Australia will also launch a range of activities to help drive awareness of the national issue including an acknowledgment of White Ribbon on the cover of the November issue of the airline’s in-flight magazine Voyeur.

To mark White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2014, Virgin Australia cabin crew across the domestic and international network will be wearing a White Ribbon and the airline will be conducting fundraising initiatives throughout their offices and selected airports around Australia.

White Ribbon Australia Chief Executive Officer, Libby Davies, said: “This partnership complements the national focus of each organisation and their shared commitment to preventing men’s violence against women. Violence against women is a national issue, with an average of one woman a week killed by a current or former partner. This violence is estimated to cost the Australian economy $14.4 billion every year.

“Virgin Australia is an innovative Australian airline with national reach and a strong culture of mutual respect. Together, we can promote White Ribbon’s message around the country in new and exciting ways while supporting the sustainability of our work. Corporate partnerships like this are critical to driving violence prevention across the community”, Ms Davies said.

Virgin Australia Group Executive of People, Culture and Sustainability, Geraldine Chin Moody said: “We are extremely proud to be partnering with Australia’s only national, male-led campaign to end violence towards women.

“We believe business is a force for good and can be a strong driver for change. At Virgin Australia, we pride ourselves on maintaining a diverse workforce and a strong set of internal values for our people. We want to harness the strength of our workforce to raise awareness and help put a stop to this growing problem in Australia,” Ms Chin Moody said

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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White Ribbon Day 2014: Helping to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women

In Australia, an average of one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner [I]. This is a shocking fact, and is only one tragic part of an even bigger story.

The extent of men’s violence against women is one of Australia’s most shameful secrets. But the community is driving change to prevent this violence and calls on everyone to become a part of this movement.

White Ribbon Australia, now in its 11th year, continues to focus attention on men’s violence against women and uncover these secrets.

White Ribbon recognises the positive role men play in preventing violence against women and drives male leadership and engagement in violence prevention. This is based on the understanding that most men are not violent.

“Men are the backbone of the White Ribbon campaign. Men get involved because they are deeply concerned about the rates of violence against women and want to drive social change.” said Libby Davies, CEO

The White Ribbon campaign runs year-long, culminating on White Ribbon Day, 25 November. Throughout the year and particularly in November, White Ribbon events are being held across Australia to raise awareness of and educate about men’s violence against women.   The events raise critical funds for the prevention work White Ribbon does in schools, workplaces and across the community.

Our Australia, land of secrets campaign calls on men, women, workplaces, young people and the whole community to uncover more secrets and help stop men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon invites people to show their support for White Ribbon Day by hosting or attending one of the many White Ribbon events taking place across Australia (http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/fundraising-events/) or purchasing White Ribbon wristbands and ribbons later this month at participating retailers, including Suzanne Grae, The Salvation Army (QLD, NSW, ACT), Telstra stores or the White Ribbon shop.

For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au

THE MEDIA CAN HELP STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The media plays a vital role in helping to raise awareness of violence against women. White Ribbon is inviting journalists to uncover the secret of male violence against women in Australia by featuring stories and raising awareness within the community. White Ribbon is also encouraging media to wear a white ribbon on and around White Ribbon Day, November 25. If you, or members of your team, wish to wear a White Ribbon or would like to speak to a White Ribbon Ambassador, or someone with a personal story of violence, then please contact Sally Burleigh at SBPR (details below).

 

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

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 attitudes and behaviours. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and prevention initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

[i] Chan, A. and Payne, J. (2013). Homicide in Australia: 2008-09 to 2009-10, National Homicide Monitoring Program annual report. Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Criminology

 

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