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White Ribbon Australia CEO Update

White Ribbon Australia’s Board of Directors announced today that Delia Donovan has assumed the role of Acting CEO after the employment of Tracy McLeod Howe ended.

“We thank Tracy for the past three months and we wish her well in her future endeavours,” said Acting Chair Ian Carter AM.

“We are focusing all of our resources on stopping the appalling level of men’s violence against women across Australia.

“The Board has every confidence in the highly experienced White Ribbon team led by Acting CEO Delia Donovan. Ms Donovan has played a leading role in White Ribbon for more than four years, previously led a frontline domestic violence service in the UK and has worked in the social work sector throughout her career.

“The team is passionate about supporting the 16,000 strong White Ribbon community, and more than 600,000 supporters across government, businesses and community organisations.

“This movement of committed Australians delivers key change through primary prevention programs. They are ably led by passionate and devoted committees, advocates and ambassadors who volunteer their leadership, time and support. Many of them courageously share their personal experiences of men’s violence against women to help change behaviours and attitudes.”

The leadership team will ensure White Ribbon continues to maintain a unified national approach alongside sector, government and organisational partners. White Ribbon believes that this commitment is fundamental to Australia’s national response to addressing men’s violence against women and the advocacy for all aspects of women’s rights in Australia.

The organisation’s current priority is White Ribbon Day on Friday 23 November and supporting the global commitment to 16 days of activism from 25 November.

White Ribbon will continue to promote a whole of community response to ending men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon is unable to make any further comment at this time.


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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