Prevent men’s violence against women

Archive for April, 2019

Working with the Institute of Management Leaders across Australia

IML Events 2019 | White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon Australia teamed up with the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ) to deliver events that challenged thoughts and ideas regarding gender equality, violence against women and workplace harassment. Collectively, there were 22 events reaching over 2,900 attendees in 19 locations across Australia.

International Women’s Day Great Debates 2019

For 22 years on International Women’s Day IML ANZ has invited business leaders and personalities to debate a challenging topic around gender equality. This year’s sell-out events across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane debated “Her aspiration needs his cooperation.”

White Ribbon Australia are grateful to have been chosen as this year’s charity partner, with the day raising over $48,000 to support our primary prevention programs throughout Australia. The White Ribbon team and volunteers worked with the IML team to deliver these inspiring events.

White Ribbon Australia’s new CEO Delia Donovan joined the debating team in Brisbane and White Ribbon Australia representatives presented opening speeches discussing why they choose to prevent men’s violence against women. Special thanks to Penelope Twemlow, Sharon Orapeleng, David Galbally, Tori Cooke, Simone O’Brien, Tanya Whitehouse, Simon Earle, and Dale Palmer for presenting and helping the team out on the day.

Take a look at the photo album to see more photos from this year’s International Women’s Day Great Debates.

IML International Women's Day Debate | White Ribbon Australia

Leadership Outlook Series 2019: Creating a Safe & Respectful Workplace

The Leadership Outlook Series is a national series of practical and thought-provoking workshops.  In 2019, the event series focused on creating safe and respectful workplaces, presented by White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Program Team.   Workshops explored violence and its contributing factors, workplaces strategies to support staff experiencing violence, and to mitigate risk.

Taking the workshop across the country to the 20 cities, White Ribbon Workplace team members Stephanie Callanan, Stacey Nelan and Ronan Smyth delivered practical and educational content to positive feedback, including Operations Manager Sally Roebuck from Queensland who said:

I’m pleased to say that today’s series was just as powerful of a catalyst for change as last year’s Outlook Series! I came away with my mind whirring with ways that we can advocate and support women in our community and team, as well as challenging gender stereotypes and norms to bring about attitudinal change… I already have lots of ideas for change here, which we will be getting started on straight away!

Click on the image below to see the photo album for the events.

IML Outlook Leadership Series 2019 | White Ribbon Australia

Learn more about White Ribbon Accredited Workplaces and how they strengthen gender equality, safety, support, accountability and respectful relationships. To learn more about IML ANZ or to explore the Chartered Manager designation, please visit their website.

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Culturally and Linguistic Diverse Communities in action with the Melbourne Project

CALD Melbourne Project | White Ribbon Australia

In a joint venture between White Ribbon Australia, AMES Australia, DSS, Victorian Government and Vic Health, a ground-breaking pilot course in the prevention of violence against women was launched in 2017.  This Melbourne Project was made up of 65 visionary leaders from more than 30 different Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities from Melbourne. To complete the course, each participant was required to complete workshops and projects.

On the 7th March 2019, a series of participant projects were showcased at Federation Square, overlooking the Yarra River. More than 180 people were in attendance.

The feature project was a stunning spoken word video, developed in partnership with the Poetry Corners, and delivered by Some Kind of Squirrel Productions. Gathered in the photo above are the participants and producers of the video. The video depicted the torment of the people who witness violence, ending on a positive note – ‘I want to be part of the change!’ Watch the powerful video below.

Another visual project was showcased at the event. With support from Victoria University, the Melbourne Project participants created postcards in different languages . The postcard series was translated into 11 different languages. Each postcard had messages encouraging respectful relationships, and prevention thinking including “Stop violence where it starts” and “Men are taking a stand. They treat women as equals, share responsibilities and decision making.”

CALD - Melbourne Project Postcards

The event also featured a live performance from Mitch Tambo, an extraordinary indigenous artist, poet and actor and a dance performance from Sarah Yu, presenting live for the first time her own choreography on family violence developed for the project. The project group Breaking Boundaries produced an amazing video of her dance, which can be viewed below.

The launch event was a success with great energy and the final products from the Melbourne Project groups were all well received. We would like to thank our White Ribbon representatives who attended the event. The next showcase event of projects in late May looks to be promising.

Thank you to Penny Marangos from the White Ribbon Victorian State Committee, White Ribbon Advocates Dr Manjula O’Connor and Simone O’Brien for attending. Thank you also to Simone for speaking – sharing with the audience her story and how White Ribbon Australia fueled her New York Marathon. The launch event and Melbourne Project were supported by our White Ribbon Diversity Portfolio team members, Ingrid Kirchner, Diversity & Inclusion Project Officer, and Sunila Kotwal, Diversity & Inclusion Manager.

CALD_Melbourne Project White Ribbon Team

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