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As the Suzanne Grae and White Ribbon Partnership ends we acknowledge the outstanding legacy of Suzanne Grae’s contribution.

Suzanne Grae has been a proud supporter and advocate of White Ribbon Australia since October 2008.  Staff, store teams and customers have raised $2.6 million dollars over this past nine years.  This extraordinary support has played a significant role in the growth and development of White Ribbon Australia and the White Ribbon social change movement in Australia.  It has supported growth of our organisation to the independently acclaimed global leadership position it holds today.  Across the almost decade during which Suzanne Grae has supported White Ribbon Australia we have developed and expanded our community engagement work and primary prevention programs that, as independently evaluated, are realising effective positive social change to help prevent men’s abuse of and violence against women. You can read our 2016-2017 Annual Report here.

The initial seed funding and the ongoing investment provided by Suzanne Grae has facilitated the award winning Breaking the Silence Respectful Relationships Schools Program which has been creating real generational change by strengthening a culture of respect and equality in school communities across Australia.  Since 2009, Breaking the Silence has now supported 564 schools nationally, reaching over 23,500 teachers and 311,000 students.

Suzanne Grae was also part of the ground breaking pilot of the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. The company was one of the 26 pilot organisations to support the development of this Program in 2012.  This cutting-edge engagement from Suzanne Grae paved the way for what is now an internationally recognised program driving positive cultural change throughout workplaces and their communities nationally.  The Program has accredited 145 workplaces, engaging over 600,000 Australian employees across all sectors.

After a considered review, Suzanne Grae has made the decision to end its partnership with White Ribbon and in 2018 will direct its community support program to another area of need. White Ribbon Australia will continue to be a Suzanne Grae Workplace Giving partner.

Our deep appreciation to Suzanne Grae for the valuable partnership and critical support over the past nine years.

We acknowledge and acclaim the remarkable contribution the company has made towards ending men’s violence against women.

Thank you.

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Chair of White Ribbon Australia announces CEO’s retirement

This morning, White Ribbon Australia Chair Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, announced the retirement of CEO, Libby Davies, effective as of early July 2018.

Ms Davies’ decision to retire in July will bring to a close a remarkable career of continuous service to the organisation over the last seven years.

“Ms Davies is at the forefront of her field and her expertise in leadership, strategy, advocacy, lobbying and management has established White Ribbon Australia as the leading authoritative body in Australia for engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too,” Mr Cowdery said.

“As CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Ms Davies has been responsible for nurturing and growing this critical social change movement to the outstanding position it occupies today, creating a pivotal platform in prevention that engages men to stand beside women to drive the change needed to prevent men’s violence against women. Her stewardship has been supported by her thorough working knowledge of the intersectionality of the causes of violence against women and drivers of gender inequality, and of the DFV policy field.

“Ms Davies has made a tremendous contribution to developing and improving the management of the organisation, embedding program logic across all the programs and ensuring measurement of outcomes. White Ribbon Australia is now fully accountable for its performance,” Mr Cowdery said.

“On behalf of the Board and staff, I extend our deep appreciation to Ms Davies for her professional and personal commitment and dedication to White Ribbon Australia during her tenure as our CEO. Under Libby’s leadership White Ribbon has undergone important and necessary change to make it the strong and successful organisation it is today.

“As White Ribbon Australia enters its next phase, the Board is committed to building on the established, integral foundations of the movement in Australia. We will continue to deliver our programs that, through best practice and well-developed program logic, are evidencing positive social change that is making a difference in this vital area of social policy and practice.”

Ms Davies says her decision is based on her wish to focus more on her family and to pursue other personal ambitions including joining her husband in their “sea change” business.

The White Ribbon Australia Board will be undertaking a public search for its new CEO through an Australian based recruitment agency.

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