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Financial future on track as White Ribbon redoubles commitment to end men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia is, and always has been, a grassroots movement which focuses on addressing the root causes of men’s violence against women.

To achieve this objective, White Ribbon works collaboratively with partners and community leaders to empower and educate Australian men and boys, to understand and embody equality, and to identify and be able to stand up, speak out and act against all forms of men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon has achieved this through the ongoing financial support of individuals, community groups and corporate partners who are committed to achieving this objective in their community.

Beyond specific funding for a few projects, White Ribbon has not been funded by significant government investment, and yet White Ribbon’s leadership as a primary prevention organisation has been an integral part of the unified national approach to ending men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon is currently calling on the Federal Government to invest in White Ribbon Australia so that the Government’s national prevention objectives outlined in the Fourth Action Plan can be realised.

“We are at a turning point in our organisation’s journey and we have faced financial challenges over the past year which is reflected in our current financial report. This report is retrospective, and does not reflect the future viability and integrity of our organisation, or the contributions which our programs make across the broader community,” said White Ribbon Australia Chair, John Rosewarne.

White Ribbon has recently made necessary changes to its organisational structure so that it remains financially sustainable. We have a solid cashflow position and will work closely with our partners, governments and supporters to ensure that we have core organisational funding to underpin our highly regarded programs and the communities they support.

“Men’s violence against women is at the heart of many of the injustices and social inequalities that tear at the very fabric of our communities. Without prevention programs and the level of engagement that White Ribbon is committed to maintaining and growing, the objective of ending men’s violence will not be achieved,” concluded Mr Rosewarne.

White Ribbon will continue to play a leading role in ending men’s violence against women, working side-by-side with other national, state and local groups.

The real numbers tell a compelling story.

  • The internationally-recognised White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program supports 192 organisations in Australia who have more than 600,000 employees.
    • Of these, 10 Federal and 76 State and Territory government entities are Accredited.
  • In schools, the Breaking the Silence program has supported more than 370,000 young people and their school communities across the country.
  • The White Ribbon community is led by 21 White Ribbon Committees across our communities, who connect with 16,000 strong volunteers and more than 1,000 Advocates and Ambassadors who stand up in communities every day and inspire change through action.

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