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White Ribbon Australia maintains the current position on women’s reproductive rights

White Ribbon Australia maintains the current position on women’s reproductive rights.

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Tracy McLeod Howe said it is important that women feel safe, their rights are protected and they are equal in all facets of society.

“We have and always will be about ensuring women are safe and free from all forms of violence. Our position on reproductive rights was positioned within that context.” Ms McLeod Howe said.

White Ribbon Australia will undergo an immediate and comprehensive consultation process with our stakeholders. Following this, White Ribbon will communicate the outcome of the consultation.

Whilst the intention had been to remedy the process under the original statement of support, this has been viewed as a change in stance around reproductive rights.

We apologise for the confusion and we look forward to working with our stakeholders on this important issue.

For anyone needing support please phone 1800RESPECT for sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling – 1800 737 732

For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14

If you are in danger, please call the Police – 000

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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White Ribbon Australia Chair Nicholas Cowdery AM QC resigns

White Ribbon Australia’s Board confirms that Nicholas Cowdery AM QC has resigned as Director, Chair of the Board and White Ribbon Ambassador effective immediately.

He has taken this action in order to deflect adverse attention away from White Ribbon Australia which was attracted by reason of a comment he made in his capacity as former DPP for NSW in a program aired by ABC TV.

Mr Cowdery regrets the burden placed on White Ribbon Australia staff by these events. He is keen to support White Ribbon Australia and wishes it well in its future endeavours.

The Board would like to thank Mr Cowdery for his dedicated leadership and advocacy of the organisation’s objectives over the past two and a half years.

White Ribbon Director, Ian Carter AM, will assume the role of Acting Chair until such time as the Board has the opportunity to formally appoint a Chair. Mr Carter is the CEO of Anglicare WA, and recognised for his significant leadership roles and expertise at a local, national and international level in social services, justice and community building.

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We are all accountable for the language we use, and the impact it has

White Ribbon Australia’s Chair, Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, acknowledges that his comments and response to questions about Keli Lane on ABC documentary Exposed were not respectful, and he apologises.

Mr Cowdery supports the need for every person to be mindful of the language that they use and the meaning it can have.

Mr Cowdery agrees that in the instance of the ABC documentary he did not express himself well, and that he is accountable for his actions.

White Ribbon Australia supports the concerted effort that is needed to consciously change societies’ use of respectful language to promote equality, respect and inclusion of women everywhere.

 

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia and White Ribbon Australia’s Chair, Nicholas Cowdery AM QC. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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National sporting codes have a key role to play in ending violence against women

The expected spike in women seeking help for domestic violence and abuse around grand final weekend is a wake up call for Australia’s national sporting codes. “The 1800 Respect hotline’s confirmation of a 10% increase in calls over the Grand Final weekend only confirms what was expected, and sadly indicates that violence against women isn’t reducing,” said Delia Donovan, acting CEO of White Ribbon Australia.

“A lot more needs to be done to connect the dots and achieve a whole of population approach to ending violence against women and we need the whole community behind this issue,” Ms Donovan said.

We are already seeing many of the major sporting codes taking steps to accept responsibility, and to proactively engage their community in change.”

“We hope to see a reverse of this trend in the near future, following commitment to a whole of community approach to end violence against women.”

Junior clubs, grassroots clubs through to the elite sports levels can role model acceptable behaviour and attitudes by men to women, and they can be active participants in calling out and acting on unacceptable behaviour.

“White Ribbon Australia are focused on supporting national sports organisations to take responsibility for their role in addressing the increasing levels of violence against women in Australia.”

“The acceptance of toxic masculine culture, and tolerance of disrespectful and abusive physical, emotional and psychological behaviours towards women needs accountability,” said Ms Donovan.

“White Ribbon support professional sporting organisations to actively reduce environmental triggers to men’s violence against women. There are practical actions which we can take, behaviours we can change, and support we can provide to reduce all forms of violence towards women and children on our community,” said Ms Donovan.

White Ribbon encourages everyone to get involved in their community (workplace, school, community group) to prevent all forms of violence against women.

Learn more about what you can do here: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

 

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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Murder of women in their homes MUST STOP – too many lives lost

It is devastating to learn of yet another woman being murdered in her own home in NSW today. One Australian woman in six (17% or 1.6 million) has experienced an episode of stalking[1], and this behaviour often escalates into more serious violence.

“We can’t comment on this case, but we’re sick of women dying in their own homes at the hands of men who are known to them,” said Liam Dooley, Executive Manager of Community Program.

“We are seeing key changes in the attitudes of more and more men across Australia. They are exasperated, and are standing up and speaking out alongside women, at the litany of abuse and violence women endure.

“Our heart goes out to the family and friends affected by Kristie Powell’s death, and to her little baby who will now grow up without his mum.

“This year we have lost far too many women and children at the hands of violent men who were known to the victims. This is utterly unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Men’s violence against women accounts for one woman’s death per week[2]. With violence against women accounting for 49 women’s deaths in 2018[3]. Women are more likely than men to be killed by an intimate partner (2012-2014 − 79% or 99 of a total of 126 people killed by an intimate partner were women).[4]

Men’s violence against women and children is absolutely abhorrent and we must act together as a community to end all forms of violence and abuse in our community.

We must stand up, speak out and act to end all forms of violence against women and children.

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For anyone needing support please phone 1800RESPECT for sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling – 1800 737 732

For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14

If you are in danger, please call the Police – 000

[1] (any unwanted contact or attention on more than one occasion, or multiple types of unwanted contact or behaviour experienced on one occasion, that could have caused fear or distress).

[2] ANROWS Violence Against Women Accurate Use of key statistics 2018

[3] Destroy the Joint

[4] ANROWS Violence Against Women Accurate Use of key statistics 2018

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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‘White Ribbon Approved Training Provider’ initiative launched

White Ribbon Australia is changing our approach to engagement with providers of training for organisations participating in the Workplace Accreditation Program. From the 1st October 2018, White Ribbon will be introducing White Ribbon Approved Training Provider Status, in partnership with Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia. This launch will instill a process of ongoing quality checking of branded White Ribbon training to ensure high standards of design and delivery are maintained.

In the years since the program began, over 80 training organisations have delivered training to workplaces participating on the program. The official list of White Ribbon Approved Training Providers in Australia and each state can be viewed here.

“Training providers have never had the chance to label their training as “White Ribbon Training” before,” said Tracy McLeod Howe, CEO at White Ribbon Australia. “It will give them an unbeatable competitive advantage and position them as leaders in the workplace training space.”

For more information about this new initiative, or to come on board as an Approved Training Provider, contact the White Ribbon Workplaces team.

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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Statement: The cold case of Lyn Dawson

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Lynette Dawson.

We believe there should be justice for Lynette, her family and friends. Not knowing what happened to her 36 years ago and the circumstances leading to her disappearance must be extremely difficult for her family to comprehend, and we support all efforts to resolve this.

As a global social movement, we aim to eliminate all forms of men’s violence against women and children and locally, focus on creating an Australian society where all women can live safety, free from violence and abuse.

Whilst we can’t comment on the case and judgements made previously by the DPP and the police, we do hope that justice can be served and those who are responsible are held to account.

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For anyone needing support please phone 1800RESPECT for sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling – 1800 737 732

For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14

If you are in danger, please call the Police – 000

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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White Ribbon Day 2018 is moving to 23 November

From 2018 onwards, White Ribbon Day will move from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to the Friday before 25 November. 

This year, White Ribbon Day will be on Friday 23 November. 

White Ribbon Day will continue to be a time for the community to come together and stand up, speak out and act to end men’s violence against women and children.

White Ribbon also looks forward to supporting the United Nations UNiTE to End Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism campaigns which are held internationally from 25 November – 10 December each year.

Why the change?

White Ribbon Australia’s single objective is to eliminate all forms of men’s violence against women and children.

White Ribbon Day is the most important day of the year in our movement’s work. This isn’t changing. It’s a BIG day – but so is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. So we’ve asked ourselves, why have two BIG days of action on the same day? Why not separate them, to have maximum impact from the work we are all doing to end men’s violence against women and children?

Over the past 12 months there has been a significant spotlight and global outcry in response to the sheer magnitude of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women everywhere suffer, every day.

Moving the day will make sure that the hard work we do together on White Ribbon Day has the greatest impact possible, and will also support the work of the international community on November 25 in our common goal.

Because we know that together every community can end violence against women and children.

 

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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Don’t stand on the sidelines this weekend – White Ribbon Night 2018

Stand up, speak out and act to stop violence against women

(Sydney – 25 July 2018) White Ribbon Night kicks off this weekend – 27-29 July with thousands of community-based events and elite sporting clubs showcasing a commitment to reduce violence against women across Australia.

This year’s White Ribbon Night will spotlight the central role sport can play in delivering much needed social change for women’s safety and respect.

White Ribbon’s new CEO, Tracy McLeod Howe, applauded the social change being led by an increasing number of sports communities stating, “Violence against women is everyone’s issue. This July, we are asking every sporting community to stand up and speak out, to prevent the cycle of abuse and disrespect of women in our community. We will not remain silent.”

“Sport is part of Australia’s DNA, providing the perfect environment to raise awareness of the importance of respectful relationships and women’s safety. Traditionally sporting communities have fallen short of being supportive, safe and inclusive for women, but change is being led by hundreds of sporting organisations and weekend sports clubs across their communities. They are inspirational in their commitment to deliver social change.”

The social bonds which bind sport fans also include looking out for each other’s safety on the sideline and in all aspects of the community. Isolation is one of the key risk factors and indicators for intimate partner violence. With 1 in 3 women experiencing violence by someone they know, your weekly chat on the side of a sporting field could make the difference.

Intimate partner violence contributes to more death, disability and illness in women aged 18 to 44 than any other preventable risk factor.

“Society expects elite sportspeople, their organisations, and the promotion of sport to be inclusive and respectful of women. We are proud to be working with many sporting organisations to deliver programs where prevention of men’s violence against women is incorporated into training, programs, events and communications in order to maximise community impact and to develop a sporting culture based on respect and inclusion,” said Tracy McLeod Howe.

White Ribbon congratulates the thousands sporting clubs across the community, regional, state, semi-professional or elite levels who will be standing up, speaking out and acting to end violence against women.

White Ribbon Night will feature, the White Ribbon NRL Round between West Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium Friday Night, the Adelaide Footy League – White Ribbon Night Round including 80 Adelaide teams, the kick of a 12-month six-club whole-of-community Sunshine Coast Sport Prevention Project- Not in Our Club project, AFL Victoria White Ribbon Round (next weekend), and the Western Sydney Wanderers community clubs across July.

White Ribbon is backed by the dedication and commitment of 1200 Ambassadors (mostly men), 160 Advocates, and 22 Committees across Australia – they are the White Ribbon social movement. Funds raised go towards supporting White Ribbon’s national primary prevention campaign, which aims to stop violence before it occurs, through education initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community. White Ribbon is committed to building an Australian community where every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. Support White Ribbon make a donation.

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This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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