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Today is White Ribbon Day – National Day to Stop Men’s Violence against Women

Today is White Ribbon Day!

In Australia, all women should live in safety, free from all forms of men’s violence. Sadly, this is not the case. On average, more than one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner. This deeply disturbing fact is only one tragic part of the bigger story surrounding domestic violence.

The Australian community is uniting to focus on stopping the scourge of Domestic Violence. White Ribbon, now in its 12th year, asks Australians to take a stand today to end men’s violence against women. This campaign focuses on the positive role men can play to influence the actions of those few men who use violence and break the cycle of violence in society.

The White Ribbon campaign runs year-long, culminating today. Throughout the year and particularly in November, White Ribbon events are held across Australia to educate and raise awareness about men’s violence against women. They reflect the power of the community to drive change.

White Ribbon’s mission is making women’s safety a man’s issue too. Men are standing up, speaking out and acting to prevent violence. The prevention work of White Ribbon takes place in schools, workplaces and across the wider community. White Ribbon’s Programs provide the tools to drive cultural change, recognising the vital role of, and actions required by, all men to prevent violence against women.

“White Ribbon applauds communities across Australia uniting on Wednesday 25th November in support of bringing an end to men’s violence against women. These communities represent the critical role of collective action to drive change. It is everyone’s responsibility to make this happen. We need ongoing action amongst our schools, workplaces, sporting clubs and politicians, if we are to become a society committed to respect, stopping the violence and delivering true gender equality” said John Rosewarne, Chair of White Ribbon Australia.  

THE MEDIA CAN HELP STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The media have a vital role in helping to raise awareness of violence against women. White Ribbon is inviting journalists to play a part in ending 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 today. If you, or members of your team, wish to wear a White Ribbon or would like to arrange an interview of someone with a personal story of violence or a White Ribbon Ambassador, then please contact Selena O’Hare at SBPR (details below). We ask that you make contact as soon as possible due to the number of enquiries at this time. A full list of White Ribbon Ambassadors available for interview can be provided.

White Ribbon invites Australians to show their support for White Ribbon Day by taking the new Oath online (www.whiteribbon.org.au/day), hosting or attending one of the many White Ribbon events taking place across Australia (www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/fundraising-events/) or purchasing White Ribbon wristbands (https://store.whiteribbon.org.au/).

For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au

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

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White Ribbon Australia awards 14 Organisations with White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

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/stop-violence-against-women/get-workplace-involved/ 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 focused 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.

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

 

[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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White Ribbon commends the release of ‘Change the Story’

White Ribbon Australia commends the release today of ‘Change the Story: a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and children in Australia’.  This document is an ambitious and vital tool for transformational cultural change. Developed by Our Watch, ANROWS and Vic Health, and involving extensive consultation including with White Ribbon Australia and others, the framework captures the vital role of engaging men and boys in the prevention of violence against women and their children.

“Change the Story will continue to drive a more holistic and strategic approach to prevention.  We are delighted to see its release today” said John Rosewarne, Chair of White Ribbon Australia. “Importantly, the framework highlights that violence against women and their children is preventable and we need concerted action to continue to drive the cultural change needed to put a stop to the violence. It articulates the relationship between violence and gender inequality, echoing the words of Prime Minister and White Ribbon Ambassador Malcolm Turnbull MP: ‘Disrespecting women does not always result in violence against women, but all violence against women begins with disrespecting women’.”

This has been the focus of White Ribbon’s work with the Australian community over the last twelve years.  Men and women have worked tirelessly as part of the White Ribbon Campaign to engage and support men and boys to be drivers of the cultural change that is needed to prevent violence against women. The Campaign, with its strong presence in the community including schools, workplaces, sporting codes, recreational and cultural spaces, across all states and territories, is working to bring about attitudinal and behavioural change.

“But experience tells us that violence prevention is more than just words – in order for prevention work to grow and best practice to be better evaluated and shared, it requires an ongoing commitment to funding. Through this shared framework, we look forward to this vitally important work supported by the appropriate funding it deserves.” Rosewarne said.

 

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

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