White Ribbon on the power of White Ribbon as a movement of change not just one day
Recent public conversation has questioned the benefit of White Ribbon Day including the use of the funds raised through this annual day.
White Ribbon Day is an annual awareness initiative held on one day of the year. However it is one small part of the much larger White Ribbon social change movement that operates 365 days a year.
The day focuses the attention of the community on the issue of the prevention of men’s violence against women and gender equality by asking the community to become aware, engaged and help prevent violence towards women.
White Ribbon drives prevention to stop men’s violence against women before it occurs through:
- Education programs in primary and secondary schools, supporting teachers and the community to build respectful relationships amongst young people
- Workplace Accreditation to foster a culture of respect and equality in all workplaces
- Work with organisations at community level to raise awareness of the significant role men play in the disrespect of women, and the important actions they can take to remedy this societal problem
- Develop a range of important resources for the community, including free eLearning and factsheets
- Advocating for change across areas of community where ongoing reform is required to help stop violence and support those who experience violence.
As a grassroots organisation, owned and driven by the community, White Ribbon relies mostly on funding from the community it serves, receiving only limited funds from the federal and state governments.
White Ribbon’s aim is to prevent all forms of disrespect and violence which women experience and works with both male ambassadors and female advocates (including survivors of domestic violence), to raise awareness and create change. Through education, awareness raising, preventative programs and partnerships, White Ribbon provide the tools for men to stop violence against women in their community and beyond.
Alongside its own activities, White Ribbon works with many other domestic violence, family safety and community organisations to ensure that Australia has a connected response to the unacceptable levels of violence in our community.
White Ribbon Day is the most well-known bystander campaign day to prevent violence against women in Australia. But it is part of the all year round social change movement that is bringing about positive change.
White Ribbon thanks all supporters for their commitment to building a safer Australia for women and their children.
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.