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Social Impact

Engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too

Most men share a belief that violence against women and children is never acceptable. White Ribbon Australia invites men to be part of a movement to eliminate gendered violence.
 
Australia needs men to join us in thinking about the opportunities they have to make lasting change in attitudes and behaviours that ensure the safety and wellbeing of women and children. Men speaking to other men about violence against women is a powerful catalyst for change.
 
White Ribbon Australia’s focus is on mobilising men in their own communities to eliminate gendered violence.
 
White Ribbon Australia provides an opportunity for men to discuss the complexities that influence attitudes and behaviours that contribute to violence against women.
 
White Ribbon Australia collaborates with the community through education, awareness raising, creative campaigns, preventative programs within a primary prevention framework.
 

Our strategies are based on evidence

White Ribbon Australia is evidence based and supported by national and international research. It engages communities across Australia to mobilise a movement to create change.
 
White Ribbon Australia operates in collaboration with many other organisations working to end men’s violence against women. By working together with other organisations, including our National Plan Partners ANROWS and Our WATCH, we can make real change to stop violence against women and children, and build communities that are safe and supportive for everyone.
 



Advocacy

White Ribbon Australia’s activities and advocacy include:

  • Community engagement
  • Community prevention activities
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Influencing government policy and programs
  • Raising national awareness

 
Some of the ways we have been able to make an impact in our community is demonstrated in our publications.
 

Previous Submissions

NSW Curriculum Review 2018

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It is vital that every student develop knowledge, skills and attributes that support them to foster respectful relationships throughout their life course.

Respectful relationships are “relationships that demonstrate nonviolence, equality, mutual respect and trust.”3 White Ribbon Australia believes that Respectful Relationships Education is critical in providing “essential knowledg. Read more

The practice of dowry and the incidence of dowry abuse in Australia

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White Ribbon Australia believe that dowry abuse is a result of male privilege, that it reinforces gender inequality, compromises women’s human rights and can lead to domestic and family violence. We endorse the submission made by Ms Jatinder Kaur of JK Diversity Consultants, which provides ample evidence of the nature and impact that dowry abuse has on women in Australia. Read more

 

Firearms Law Reforms

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White Ribbon Australia supports the implementation of the 2017 National Firearms Agreement and harmonisation of State and Territory government firearm laws and regulations. We are concerned that the proposed firearms law reforms in Tasmania will weaken Australia’s gun laws. 

We support the analysis and recommendations of the submission made by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation regarding the Terms. Read more
 

Endorsement of Community Council for Australia and Justice Connects submission to the Senate Select Committee on Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century

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Fundraising is paramount to supporting the primary prevention work of White Ribbon Australia. As a grassroots charity that receives less than 10% funding from the government, fundraising by White Ribbon Australia, and third-party fundraisers, is vital to our sustainability. 

The current regulations fundraisers must adhere to are significantly varied across all Australian states and territories, meaning that a national campaign must comply separately. Read more

White Ribbon Australia ASX Submission

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We commend the focus of the draft fourth edition on a listed entity’s ‘social licence to operate’. In this submission, we draw the Council’s attention to the role listed entities can play in leading social change, as well as reflecting social expectations about how they operate. We also recommend the fourth edition explicitly refer to the critical role listed entities, as workplaces, play in preventing men’s violence against women. Read more

Modern Slavery Bill 2018

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White Ribbon Australia sits on the Anti-Slavery Australia Network and advocates against any practices that harm women and children.  White Ribbon Australia endorses the submission made by Stop the Traffik. We also refer you to the FECCA and Project Respect submissions, which make important points about forced marriage and the gendered dimensions to modern slavery respectively. Read more
 

Review of consent in relation to sexual assault offences

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In holding perpetrators to account and supporting victims, effective legal responses can deter potential perpetrators of sexual assault, prevent reoffending and encourage women who have experienced sexual assault to seek help. 

White Ribbon Australia endorses Recommendations 3, 17 and 19 of the Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia submission. Read more

Endorsement of Women’s Legal Services Australia submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review of the family law system.

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To achieve this, we offer a range of violence prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces, online and through grassroots community events. These activities highlight the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and support them to be part of this social change. 

Legal responses to family violence are critical to prevention efforts. The legal system can hold perpetrators to account. Read more