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A Further Nine Workplaces Accredited by White Ribbon Australia for Taking Action to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women

Today, White Ribbon Australia celebrates the accreditation of nine organisations as White Ribbon Workplaces. This brings the total number of White Ribbon accredited workplaces in Australia to 45. A further 120 workplaces are currently working towards accreditation.

The program is rigorous. Over an 18 month period, participating workplaces must satisfy 15 assessment criteria under three separate standards. They submit evidence of extensive staff consultation, staff engagement, staff training as well as new and improved HR policies and procedures.

“We congratulate these workplaces for their exceptional commitment to driving social change,” said Nicholas Cowdery AM QC Chair of White Ribbon.

“With one in three women experiencing physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them in Australia, the likelihood of a workplace employing a current, former or potential perpetrator and one or more victims of domestic violence is high.”

“Workplace Accreditation gives employers across all sectors the means to create and sustain a working environment based on equality and mutual respect. The benefits of standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women extend beyond the immediate office environment.”

Branding as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace occurs when an organisation provides documented evidence against the Accreditation Framework. To date, this internationally recognised White Ribbon Australia Program has reached over 400,000 Australian employees since the program began.

“The diversity of organisations that we are accrediting today, from the public and private sectors, from small to large employers, is impressive. Each and every one recognises that ending men’s violence against women is 100% a workplace issue.  They are committed to developing a workplace culture that demonstrates respect and gender equality.” Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia said.

Accreditation lasts for 3 years. Applications for re-accreditation must evidence a sustained commitment to the journey of attitudinal and behavioural change. White Ribbon will be reviewing the accreditation status of the organisations that took part in the 2013 pilot program later this year.

Organisations can visit www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/get-workplace-involved/workplace-accreditation/ to register their interest.

Accredited Workplaces March 2016

  1. Berry Street, Victoria
  2. Blacktown City Council, New South Wales
  3. Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Queensland
  4. Department of Correctional Services NT, Northern Territory
  5. Greater Dandenong City Council, Victoria
  6. Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria
  7. P&O Maritime Australasia
  8. Relationships Australia SA, South Australia
  9. The Department of the Treasury, Australian Government

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.

The Australian Government estimates that domestic violence costs the business and corporate sector about $1.5 billion per annum. The direct cost to employers in terms of staff absenteeism, lost productivity replacement staff costs and misused workplace resources is estimated to cost $465 million per annum. [5]

About White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

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.

[5] National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2009). The cost of violence against women and their children.

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Systems Change: Marking the End of Australia’s Broken Family Violence System

White Ribbon Australia congratulates the Victorian Government on embracing the findings and all 227 recommendations released today by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The Report of The Royal Commission into Family Violence highlights the failing processes and broken structures that impede the adequate support for victims and perpetrators. Importantly, it also identifies the direct actions and responses required of government and others to address and invest in the different challenges and changes required to overhaul the existing system.

Chief Executive of White Ribbon, Libby Davies said:

“This Report marks a turning point for all individuals and agencies engaged in ending domestic and family violence in Australia. The Report identifies a broken system and how this can be addressed. A unified, collective plan of action and data sharing across jurisdictions is essential for the welfare of women and their children to be protected.”

The report also emphasises the importance of primary prevention in priority settings, including workplaces and schools.

“Primary prevention, including the work undertaken by White Ribbon Australia and others in the sector, is central to driving the systemic and cultural change identified in the Report. A whole-of-organisation approach is pivotal to primary prevention. This includes respectful relationships education and workplace engagement” Ms. Davies said.

To date, more than 350 schools across Australia have completed White Ribbon’s Breaking the Silence Schools Program. Breaking the Silence, informed by evidence-based best practice and continued evaluation, supports school leadership to embed models of respectful relationships through a whole of school approach.

45 organisations are accredited as White Ribbon Workplaces, with another 120 organisations currently working towards accreditation. This internationally recognised program provides a rigorous and structured framework to address gender inequality and develop primary prevention strategies tailored to each organisation. The Program has reached over 400,000 Australian employees since it began.

Culture and systems change go hand in hand in this nationwide commitment to end gendered violence in Australia. White Ribbon looks forward to working with the Victorian Government to realise a nation without family violence.

 

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

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

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White Ribbon and Formula One speak out about men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia is taking men’s violence against women to the 2016 Formula 1®  Rolex Australian Grand Prix on 17 – 20 March 2016.

The White Ribbon campaign recognises the positive role that men play in preventing men’s violence against women, based on the understanding that most men aren’t violent.

In 2016, Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix will reach a global audience of 500,000 as the world’s leading drivers compete at Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit for the winning position.

As the Official Charity of Choice for 2016, White Ribbon is very pleased to be working with one of Australia’s most popular and anticipated sporting events to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence:

“This is a unique and valuable opportunity for White Ribbon to reach an audience of this size and to engage with both men and boys, challenging them to understand what they can do to help drive social change. We are truly overwhelmed with the support shown by Formula 1® and hope that together we can have a positive and lasting influence, helping to combat the prevalence of men’s violence against women,” said Nicholas Cowdery AM QC and Chair of White Ribbon.

“Statistics show that on average, at least 1 woman a week is killed at the hands of a current or former male partner in Australia. It has never been this important to educate about prevention,” Nicholas said.

White Ribbon encourages men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand social change. The Australian Grand Prix audience is predominately male, which aligns well with this message.

Over the four days of this international gathering, White Ribbon will contribute to an array of different activities. White Ribbon Ambassadors will be present across all of the four themed days: Man Day, Ladies Day, Family Day and Awareness Day.

For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

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

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