Prevent men’s violence against women

Archive for September, 2015

Response to Billy Brownless and Sexist Language

Sexist language and degrading jokes are behaviours that help to create a climate whereby forms of violence and abuse are accepted. They are inconsistent with the message and focus of the White Ribbon Campaign that all women should live in safety free from all forms of men’s violence.

We are currently going through a thorough re-commitment process with our Ambassadors.  At the time the comment in question was made, Billy Brownless had not expressed intent to re-commit as an Ambassador. As part of the re-commitment process, all Ambassadors must complete an e-learning module which includes training on gender equality, violence supportive attitudes and behaviours, and the power of language.

White Ribbon will engage Billy on this issue to discuss what was said and how such language feeds into violence supportive attitudes in our society. It is important we continue to engage men on this issue, highlighting the positive role men play, alongside women, in preventing violence against women.

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

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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A message from the Chair regarding John Elferink

The recent outburst of Attorney-General John Elferink towards Labour MLA Natasha Fyles during Parliament this week and his subsequent comments are inconsistent with the message and focus of the White Ribbon Campaign that all women should live in safety free from all forms of men’s violence.  White Ribbon Australia appreciates the resulting deep concern of our supporters.

As of today, Mr Elferink is no longer a White Ribbon Ambassador.

White Ribbon Australia has taken this matter very seriously and looks forward to working with Mr Elferink to ensure that despite him no longer being a White Ribbon Ambassador he is able to take responsibility and reflect on the language and behaviour that reinforces gender inequality and men’s violence against women.

We also want to reassure our supporters that we are taking every step to ensure our Ambassadors meet White Ribbon Australia and community expectations consistent with their responsibilities as a representatives. Since 2014, all men nominating to become White Ribbon Ambassadors have completed training, are interviewed and are subject to referee checks. Furthermore, we are currently implementing an Ambassador re-commitment process, which is helping us determine the ongoing suitability of those who became White Ribbon Ambassadors prior to 2014.

This matter has been a reminder to us all about the importance of Ambassadors and their role in modelling respectful relationships. Ambassadors are pivotal to the prevention of men’s violence against women, working with the community to make Australia safer for women and their children.

John Rosewarne

Chair

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

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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Community Response in Queensland

White Ribbon is heartened by the outpouring of community grief at the horrendous events that took place last week in Queensland. The attendance of so many at Sunday’s Candle Light Vigil on the Gold Coast is a testament to this.

One woman is killed nearly every week in Australia by a male partner or ex-partner – often while she is trying to leave the relationship. The ongoing deaths of women in our communities as a result of men’s violence against women is unacceptable.

The community’s outrage at these horrific events reinforces the need for Australians to be committed to changing the attitudes and behaviours that normalise and perpetuate men’s violence against women. It also reflects the community wanting to better understand what causes this violence and how it can be prevented.

As a national organisation, White Ribbon works with communities, in schools, sports clubs and workplaces, to talk about respectful relationships and support local action to stop violence against women before it starts. Men are key to speaking out and engaging other men in the conversation. Because the majority of this violence is committed by men. White Ribbon supports men to work alongside women to create widespread and lasting change.

White Ribbon Committees are pivotal to community engagement and the Queensland Committee is no exception.  They have been tireless this last week in supporting on the ground, working with the White Ribbon Team to draw attention and focus response.

This response is parallel to the work of many experts, advocates and others, who have been identifying the need for ongoing change to address men’s violence against women.

We have seen many words devoted to the issue of domestic and family violence. Gradually, Governments across jurisdictions are heightening their action. But progress is still too slow.

White Ribbon will always stand beside those affected and those wanting to affect change. And together we will make a difference. But it will take time, more resources, and the collaborative efforts of us all to finally end male violence against women.

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

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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