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Another women killed: Remembering Tamara Farrell

We are saddened to hear of the murder of Tamara Farrell in rural Victoria. Our hearts go out to the friends and family affected by her death. We think of them also at this time as the news breaks of an alleged childhood friend being charged with her murder.

“Australian women have the right to feel safe at all times, no matter where they are. This most recent tragedy sheds light on the fact that men’s violence against women in Australia hasn’t gone away yet,” said Liam Dooley, Executive Manager of the Communities at White Ribbon.

“It’s time for us all to take this issue more seriously. We are starting to see key changes in the attitudes of more and more men across Australia, but we need more.”

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia, with violence against women accounting for 8 women’s deaths in 2018.

Men’s violence against women is unacceptable and we must act together as a community to end all forms of gender-based violence and abuse in our community.

We urge Australians to stand up, speak out and act to end all forms of men’s violence against women.

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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UNAA NSW and White Ribbon Australia working together towards achieving gender equality on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is observed globally in more than 100 countries annually on 8 March. IWD connects all women and inspires them to achieve their full potential.

The Charter of the United Nations was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right. On this day we commemorate the struggle for women’s rights throughout history, and celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to society.

The NSW Division of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA NSW) and White Ribbon Australia have formed a unique partnership and are inviting their friends and supporters to a high profile event on Wednesday evening 6 March to celebrate IWD 2019 and reflect on progress towards achieving gender equality in Australian society.

Please join us for this exciting event to celebrate International Women’s Day!

A panel of distinguished speakers and panellists – leaders, role models and mentors – will reflect on the ways in which women and men from diverse cultural and social backgrounds can work together towards achieving gender equality in Australia.

The IWD “More Powerful Together” panel discussion commences at 6.00 pm at the Ground Floor Reception Area, Tower 1, Barangaroo, 100 Barangaroo Avenue (near the Wynyard railway station). We look forward to meeting you – refreshments provided.

For more information about the event, and to book tickets visit: https://www.trybooking.com/BARIT

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Financial future on track as White Ribbon redoubles commitment to end men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia is, and always has been, a grassroots movement which focuses on addressing the root causes of men’s violence against women.

To achieve this objective, White Ribbon works collaboratively with partners and community leaders to empower and educate Australian men and boys, to understand and embody equality, and to identify and be able to stand up, speak out and act against all forms of men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon has achieved this through the ongoing financial support of individuals, community groups and corporate partners who are committed to achieving this objective in their community.

Beyond specific funding for a few projects, White Ribbon has not been funded by significant government investment, and yet White Ribbon’s leadership as a primary prevention organisation has been an integral part of the unified national approach to ending men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon is currently calling on the Federal Government to invest in White Ribbon Australia so that the Government’s national prevention objectives outlined in the Fourth Action Plan can be realised.

“We are at a turning point in our organisation’s journey and we have faced financial challenges over the past year which is reflected in our current financial report. This report is retrospective, and does not reflect the future viability and integrity of our organisation, or the contributions which our programs make across the broader community,” said White Ribbon Australia Chair, John Rosewarne.

White Ribbon has recently made necessary changes to its organisational structure so that it remains financially sustainable. We have a solid cashflow position and will work closely with our partners, governments and supporters to ensure that we have core organisational funding to underpin our highly regarded programs and the communities they support.

“Men’s violence against women is at the heart of many of the injustices and social inequalities that tear at the very fabric of our communities. Without prevention programs and the level of engagement that White Ribbon is committed to maintaining and growing, the objective of ending men’s violence will not be achieved,” concluded Mr Rosewarne.

White Ribbon will continue to play a leading role in ending men’s violence against women, working side-by-side with other national, state and local groups.

The real numbers tell a compelling story.

  • The internationally-recognised White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program supports 192 organisations in Australia who have more than 600,000 employees.
    • Of these, Nine Federal and 16 State and Territory government departments are Accredited.
  • In schools, the Breaking the Silence program has supported more than 370,000 young people and their school communities across the country.
  • The White Ribbon community is led by 21 White Ribbon Committees across our communities, who connect with 16,000 strong volunteers and more than 1,000 Advocates and Ambassadors who stand up in communities every day and inspire change through action.
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The Purple Bench initiative

The Purple Bench project is an Intergenerational collaboration to raise awareness on domestic violence.

The Purple Bench project was undertaken by the Wheatbelt Youth Council (WYC) in partnership with the WA White Ribbon Committee and the WA Women’s Council in 2018.

The initiative was first launched in Nova Scotia, Canada, and saw the placement of purple benches in public parks to mark the 25th anniversary of the murder of Barbra Baillie by her husband in 1990. Known as Barb’s Benches, these memorials serve to honour the memory of women murdered by their partners and provide information for people experiencing domestic and family violence.

In WA, this awareness raising project was launched by the WA Women’s Council, but was driven by a collaboration with WYCs in Bruce Rock, Merredin, Narembeen, Mukinbudin, Nungarin, Quairading, Bencubbin, Trayning, Kununoppin and Yelbeni. Working with local Shire Councils, community groups and businesses the WYCs took the responsibility to make the benches happen, including raising funds, agreeing on where they should be placed and making the benches ready for installation. In many instances this involved partnerships with local Men’s Sheds, businesses and community groups. As a result, the benches are proudly community owned.

The initiative has been important in encouraging conversations about the issue of violence against women in rural and regional communities, and has highlighted the leading role young people can play in prevention efforts.

Purple Bench projects have also been commenced in Southern Cross and Beverley.

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Cheese for Change returns for a second year of critical fundraising

After a successful inaugural campaign, White Ribbon Australia is running their latest fundraising initiative Cheese for Change for another year in a row.

Cheese for Change encourages Australians to create a cheese platter, or other cheesy dish (such as grilled cheese toasted sandwiches, or Indigenous inspired Baked Wattleseed Cheesecakes) with friends, family and co-workers, whilst raising much-needed funds for White Ribbon’s men’s violence against women awareness and prevention programs.

The event runs from Thursday 28 March to Sunday 31 March, however supporters are welcome to host a Cheese for Change event at any time during March.

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.

Find out more about Cheese for Change.

Support White Ribbon directly by making a donation.

Note to media: White Ribbon Australia asks all media to include the following line when reporting on incidents of men’s violence against women: If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This free service providing confidential advice is open 24/7. In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.

For media enquiries about Cheese for Change, please contact the White Ribbon media team.

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White Ribbon connects with Indigenous Family Violence Conference

Indigenous Family Violence is a national issue that requires the involvement of many stakeholders across the country to overcome.

Receive 10% DISCOUNT using the code WR10 on the registration page.

The 5th annual Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum (Melbourne & Perth) has partnered with Djirra and brings together representatives from government, police, legal services, not-for-profit, community organisation, and family violence support services. They all have a vital role to play in tackling indigenous family violence.

During the course of this conference and 1-day workshop, we will explore critical issues in the indigenous family violence space, including state and federal government initiatives; how frontline services are engaging in prevention, early intervention and response; building better relationships between police and local communities; hearing directly from survivors of family violence; working more effectively with perpetrators to achieve positive behaviour change and empowering indigenous communities to prevent child abuse and neglect.

For more information on these events, pricing and discounts click below:
Melbourne | 12th-14th March 2019
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Perth | 5th-6th March 2019
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Statement regarding the NRL and players’ allegations of violence

White Ribbon Australia is concerned about the recent trend of allegations of abuse against multiple NRL players, and believe that the alleged behaviour is unacceptable.

The disconnect between the NRL’s expectations of players, and clubs’ responses to allegations of violence needs addressing. We welcome and support the NRL’s upcoming review of all related polices in early 2019, to ensure that the way they address allegations of violence is improved, consistent, and sends a strong message of zero tolerance.

We will be providing advice to the NRL during this review to ensure that they meet best practice guidelines when fostering a zero tolerance approach to violence against women. We look forward to seeing the action that will be taken as a result of this review, and expect that it will lead to greater consistency and accountability when addressing unhealthy or violent attitudes and behaviours.

White Ribbon Australia has a zero tolerance approach to violence against women and expects all sporting clubs and associations model the change needed in all communities to stop this violence. We believe that a primary prevention approach is needed to stop the violence before it starts.

Violence against women is a serious issue both in sport and in the community at large. It takes the whole of community working to stop this violence before it occurs by challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, behaviours and power inequalities that result in men’s violence against women.

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Fulton Hogan partners with White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon Australia is proud to announce that Fulton Hogan Australia has partnered with White Ribbon Australia as a Corporate Sponsor, demonstrating its dedication to the prevention of men’s violence against women in Australia.

Fulton Hogan has more than 80 years’ experience in the transport, water, energy, mining, civil construction and land development infrastructure in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. They create communities from the ground up, starting with their own network of quarries, which is complemented by their asphalt, emulsion and precast plants across Australia and New Zealand.

“Through corporate sponsorship, White Ribbon will be supported by Fulton Hogan to deliver primary prevention initiatives that aim to stop violence before it happens, through education, awareness raising and by challenging ingrained attitudes and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women,” says Fulton Hogan’s Chief Executive Officer for Australia, Nick Marinelli.

“Fulton Hogan is proud to announce that we are now a Corporate Sponsor of White Ribbon.

“Making a stand against this behaviour is a passionate cause of our well-being critical risk group and we hope to support those in need and help make a change.”

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 abuse.

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Parliament needs to set the example for respect in the workplace

This week, we have witnessed more examples of disrespect in Federal Parliament.

Australians have observed sexist comments, name-calling, shouting and disrespect during Question Time and in other parliamentary forums which would not be acceptable in any other workplace. On average, one in five Australian women experience harassment within the workplace [1]. Opposing views and strong debate are an integral part of our democracy and forthright  views are expected. However, too often the discourse crosses the line to disrespect and abuse. The antics in Canberra this week are a prime example of workplace disrespect.

“We look to our national leaders to set the standard for workplace behaviour. The majority of Australia’s workforce (94 per cent) agrees that employers should take a lead role in educating
employees about respectful relationships between men and women [2].

“It is clear that this week’s events, either singularly or as a grouping, has showcased disrespect for women and for fellow colleagues in the workplace. It has sent a clear message to the Australian community that this is the standard too many in our parliament are prepared to walk past,” said Acting CEO, Delia Donovan.

It is this sort of behaviour that the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program aims to stamp out.

More than 170 workplaces and 600,000 employees across the country have made an active and conscious decision to lead by example in their workplace. They have committed to driving social change, to strengthen gender equality and stop violence against women. They have committed to improving workplace culture and morale, increase knowledge and skills of staff to address disrespect, abuse and violence against women and improve retention rates and ensure lower staff turnover.

White Ribbon urges all parliamentarians to remember that while they should engage in robust debate they should also, at the same time, be mindful that their workplace is very much in the public eye. Australians look at, and up to, the behaviours and attitudes of our political leaders who represent them and they are expected to set a positive example with their words and actions.

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Personal Safety Survey 2016. ABS cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS.
[2] Pennay, D. & Powell, A. (2012). The role of bystander knowledge, attitudes & behaviours in preventing violence against women.
Melbourne: The Social Research Centre.

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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