Queensland Domestic and Family Prevention Month 2019
During the month of May, our Queensland White Ribbon Committees and supporters were busy building awareness in their communities, hosting events and supporting primary prevention activities to support the Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, implemented in response to the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report.
Workplaces as communities for change
The Brisbane White Ribbon Committee and Cameron McKenzie (White Ribbon Ambassador, Deputy Chair of the Queensland Law Society Domestic & Family Violence Policy Committee) facilitated a panel discussion including:
- Rachel Durdin, Chief Advisor – Social and Stakeholder Engagement at Rio Tinto
- Michael Wassing, Deputy Commissioner at Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
- Ronan Smyth, Executive Manager – White Ribbon Workplace Program
With the event opened by Minister Di Farmer and supported by ANZ and part of QLD Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month the evening was full of inspiring and challenging discussion and practical ideas for organisations and leaders on how they can reinforce positive social messages of respectful relationships and gender equality.
Panel members spoke about their experiences in creating safe and respectful workplace cultures through the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program and how the lines between work and private life can become less clear in a domestic violence context.
Those who attended walked away inspired to create a positive cultural change and improve gender equality within both their workplaces and communities.
The Cairns White Ribbon Committee hosted a community barbecue at Raintrees Shopping Centre in Manunda, an area with one of the highest domestic violence rates in Cairns.
Cairns has also been reminded of the Stand Up, Speak Out campaign with silhouettes and message blocks appearing around the city with Adrian Geary, White Ribbon Ambassador and Cairns Committee Chair and ATSI Reference Group Member putting his neck on the line and engaging with the Cairns community.
Motorists have also been reminded of their responsibility to Stand Up, Speak Out messages displayed on electronic message boards on the highways in Cairns during May.
Reaching the remote
White Ribbon QLD State Committee member Dave Kerrigan made women’s safety a man’s issue in the Blackall, Longreach, and Barcaldine communities during May.
Dave travelled to these central Queensland communities to build awareness with men, women and youth from diverse backgrounds, experiences and professions.
For some of Australia’s rural and remote locations, the work of people like Dave can be critical in providing these communities with opportunities for education about domestic violence and distribute practical tools and information like the White Ribbon STOP kit. Starting conversations about men’s violence against women is a crucial component of White Ribbon’s primary prevention movement.