Prevent men’s violence against women

Diversity and inclusion

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Diversity and inclusion

Australia is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Diversity and inclusion is an important part of our way of life. Diversity doesn’t just mean different ethnicities, races and religions, but includes gender, sexuality, age, abilities, perspectives, social and economic backgrounds, life experiences and all other aspects that makes someone unique. White Ribbon Australia celebrates and embraces diversity in all its forms.

Inclusion puts diversity into action, by creating an environment of involvement and respect. White Ribbon Australia works to ensure that all people we engage with feel respected, supported and safe to contribute in meaningful ways. Inclusion of diverse perspectives in this social movement leads to new ideas which help drive our collective growth.

Australia’s unique identity and spirit

One in four Australian residents was born overseas, nearly 20% of us speak a language other than English at home and we identify with more than 270 ancestries (Australian Human Right Commission 2014). This rich variety is what gives Australia a unique identity and spirit.

In May 2016, White Ribbon Australia commissioned a research paper on Key issues in working with men from immigrant and refugee communities in preventing violence against women.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the traditional custodians of this land with their history dating back more than 60,000 years. We pay respect to their elders, past and present.

We acknowledge that violence against women, as we understand now, is not part of traditional Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures. Some key drivers of current violence within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities include colonization/founding violence, inter-generational trauma and disempowerment leading to lateral violence. It’s important to acknowledge that violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait women is perpetrated by Indigenous as well as non-Indigenous men.

White Ribbon has partnered with the Healing Foundation to produce the report
Towards an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander violence prevention framework for men and boys.



Intersecting factors including race, age, ability, sexuality and gender identity increase the likelihood for an individual to experience violence. White Ribbon are increasing our engagement with elders, people with disabilities and LGBTIQ+ communities by collaborating in a respectful manner to develop appropriate and customised strategies to prevent men’s violence.


Support services

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My Blue Sky

(02) 9514 8115

Australia’s first website dedicated to forced marriage prevention, information, referrals and legal advice. Call (02) 9514 8115 or text 0481 070 844.

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1800 737 732

24 hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence or sexual assault. Interpreters are available in several languages.
Call toll-free 1800 737 732.

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