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Ethnic and Cultural Stereotypes Frustrate Efforts to End Mens Violence Against Women

Australia is a multicultural and diverse country, with approximately a third of the Australian population born overseas and 20% with at least one parent born overseas. A new report released today explores how efforts to prevent men’s violence against women can be more effective when issues of diversity are taken into account.

The report, written by Dr Adele Murdolo and Dr Regina Quiazon of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and commissioned by White Ribbon Australia, investigates how to best work with immigrant and refugee men in the prevention of violence against women.

“In popular culture, immigrant and refugee men are represented as being more ‘traditional’, oppressive and violent while immigrant and refugee women are portrayed as more oppressed and passive,” said Dr Murdolo.

The report describes how these stereotypes of immigrant men and women and communities present major challenges to violence prevention work. It calls for a more complex and dynamic understanding of culture that takes into account gender, race and socio-economic status.

Sunila Kotwal, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at White Ribbon Australia, said: “Violence against women is an issue in every Australian community and culture. There is no evidence that immigrant and refugee men are more violent than other men.”

“We want everyone in Australia to hear our message: that violence against women is never acceptable and must end. With the support of the Australian and NSW Governments, White Ribbon is taking its grassroots campaign to Australia’s many culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The best practice strategies identified in this report will help us advance this work.”

The report reinforces the need for a variety of violence prevention initiatives in different settings: “To engage immigrant and refugee men in violence prevention, we need to look beyond their communities. Men don’t belong to just one culture or community, they’re also members of other social and cultural groups including workplaces, schools, communities and sports clubs,” said Dr Murdolo.

Overall, the report highlights the need for men to be guided by the leadership of women in violence prevention in Australia.

“We still have a lot to learn about the most effective practices , Dr Quiazon said, “but engaging men as partners to advance the work already being carried out by immigrant and refugee women will get us closer to achieving  gender equality for all women.”

This paper has been published as part of the White Ribbon Research Series. The full report is available here.


ABOUT THE MULTICULTURAL CENTRE FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH

The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) is an award-winning women’s health organisation that promotes the wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women across Australia through advocacy, social action, multilingual education, research and capacity building.

MCWH is guided by the leadership of immigrant and refugee women in achieving equity and promoting their health and wellbeing. MCWH is committed to listening to, and representing, their voices in all their diversity, and in placing their issues at the centre of advocacy and policy development.

MCWH works together with immigrant and refugee women, community organisations, health practitioners, employers, communities and governments to achieve equity and improve health and wellbeing for immigrant and refugee women.

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.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

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 marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, 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

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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White Ribbon is Breaking the Silence: Leading the Way In Respectful Relationships Education

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) understands that engaging with children and young people is key to creating social change and ending men’s violence against women. The statistics are shocking, with one in four women affected by intimate partner violence in their lifetime and 1 in 4 children exposed to domestic violence, a recognized form of child abuse .

Today, White Ribbon is proud to announce that an additional 116 schools across Australia have completed White Ribbon’s award-winning Breaking the Silence Schools Program.

The Breaking the Silence Program complements existing school curricula, giving teachers and students the opportunity to embed respectful relationships education in a way that is meaningful and sustainable for that particular school. It integrates with numerous school frameworks such as the National Safe Schools Framework, to provide a whole of school approach to student wellbeing.

The Program directly aligns with the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022) and the findings of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Both identify schools as a priority for violence prevention.

“We congratulate these schools on their leadership to bring about social change. What children and young people learn about respectful relationships today will set them up for the rest of their lives. That’s a real investment in Australia’s future,” Nicholas Cowdery, Chair of White Ribbon Australia said.

“By giving staff and students the means and language to deal with harmful messages, to understand gender stereotyping and to talk openly about respect, this award-winning initiative is breaking the silence about domestic violence.”

The Breaking the Silence Program has reached over 220,000 students and 15,600 principals from both primary and secondary schools. Independent evaluation demonstrates the program is working. It is evidencing positive attitudinal and behavioural change.

This year, White Ribbon is working with schools across every State and Territory to bring respectful relationships education and lasting social change to the next generation of young Australians.

White Ribbon offers the Program at no cost to participants.

Schools wishing to take part the 2016-17 Program should register their interest by 3 June 2016: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/get-school-involved/

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Background

CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

In Australia, one in four children are exposed to domestic violence. Exposure to domestic violence is recognised as a form of child abuse.

Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.

There is an increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties from childhood exposure to intimate partner violence.

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.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

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 marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, 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.

In April 2016, 116 schools across New South Wales (71), Victoria (11), Tasmania (5), South Australia (26), and Western Australia (3) completed White Ribbon’s award-winning program.

 

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

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Waratahs take to the field to prevent men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) and the NSW Waratahs will team up for Super Rugby Round 11, with ‘Ladies Day’ and the ‘Catch to Win and Give’ charity initiative to be held on 7 May 2016.

The NSW Waratahs are taking the opportunity to tackle the issue of men’s violence against women by hosting Round 11 in support of White Ribbon.  The club’s commitment to ending men’s violence against women is demonstrated through their support of White Ribbon during this round.

As the largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women, White Ribbon is committed to working with elite sporting teams such as the Waratahs to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence.  Statistics show that one in four Australian women are exposed to domestic violence and on average one woman a week is killed as a result of intimate partner violence.

“We are pleased to be working with the Waratahs to broaden our reach to men and women and build upon the momentum of support we are seeing amongst sporting codes. The Waratahs are highlighting their commitment to this issue and the commitment expected of its players, staff and fans” Nicholas Cowdery, White Ribbon Chair, said.

“This round reinforces our respect of women in the game, our female fans, the importance of role modelling to young boys and our confidence in staff and players to reinforce the message that men’s violence against women is never acceptable. We are committed to standing alongside White Ribbon and its supporters and commit to the White Ribbon Oath, to stand up, speak out and act to prevent this issue that has such devastating long term impacts on our society.” Waratahs and NSW Rugby CEO, Andrew Hore said.

The Round will see the Waratahs raise awareness through a variety of White Ribbon activations and funds for White Ribbon by handing out ‘Catch to WIN and GIVE’ t-shirts. The t-shirts provide fans with the opportunity to win cash prizes while also nominating a participating charity to receive a further donation from the Club.

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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.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

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 marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, 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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Budget 2016: More investment needed to break cycles of violence

The 2016 Budget announcement raises concerns about the Australian Government’s commitment to breaking cycles of violence. Significant investment in family violence services and programs is vital to keeping Australian women and their children safe.

Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, said: ‘We commend the Australian Government’s commitment to continuing to drive strategies under the Third National Action Plan for 2016-2019. However, last night’s budget released insufficient additional support to address this scourge that affects Australian communities.’

Ms. Davies said: ‘The family violence sector desperately needs adequate funding to support both women and children experiencing violence as well investment in initiatives that work to prevent this violence from happening in the first place, so we can truly end the cycle of violence.’

The importance of primary prevention been identified, yet primary prevention initiatives remain critically underfunded.

White Ribbon Australia runs a national violence prevention campaign and programs in schools and workplaces. Less than 10% of funding for this work comes from government sources, despite evaluations indicating that White Ribbon programs are changing the attitudes and behaviours that results in men’s violence against women.

Ms. Davies said: ‘Prevention needs more funding, but not at the expense of service provision. To truly break cycles of violence we need a commitment from Government to increase funding across the board and invest in established initiatives that are already delivering positive outcomes and demonstrating impact.’

A whole-of-government approach is key to addressing the complexity of men’s violence against women and to realising the extensive social benefits that will accrue from its eradication.

Ms. Davies said: ‘Examining and addressing men’s violence against women across portfolios is key to creating long-term social change and will ultimately lead to cost savings for governments. Unfortunately, the funding structure for family violence initiatives in the 2016 Budget has not taken this approach. Together with a considerable funding shortfall, this budget is disappointing.’

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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.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

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 marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, 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

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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