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Working with the Institute of Management Leaders across Australia

IML Events 2019 | White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon Australia teamed up with the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ) to deliver events that challenged thoughts and ideas regarding gender equality, violence against women and workplace harassment. Collectively, there were 22 events reaching over 2,900 attendees in 19 locations across Australia.

International Women’s Day Great Debates 2019

For 22 years on International Women’s Day IML ANZ has invited business leaders and personalities to debate a challenging topic around gender equality. This year’s sell-out events across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane debated “Her aspiration needs his cooperation.”

White Ribbon Australia are grateful to have been chosen as this year’s charity partner, with the day raising over $48,000 to support our primary prevention programs throughout Australia. The White Ribbon team and volunteers worked with the IML team to deliver these inspiring events.

White Ribbon Australia’s new CEO Delia Donovan joined the debating team in Brisbane and White Ribbon Australia representatives presented opening speeches discussing why they choose to prevent men’s violence against women. Special thanks to Penelope Twemlow, Sharon Orapeleng, David Galbally, Tori Cooke, Simone O’Brien, Tanya Whitehouse, Simon Earle, and Dale Palmer for presenting and helping the team out on the day.

Take a look at the photo album to see more photos from this year’s International Women’s Day Great Debates.

IML International Women's Day Debate | White Ribbon Australia

Leadership Outlook Series 2019: Creating a Safe & Respectful Workplace

The Leadership Outlook Series is a national series of practical and thought-provoking workshops.  In 2019, the event series focused on creating safe and respectful workplaces, presented by White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Program Team.   Workshops explored violence and its contributing factors, workplaces strategies to support staff experiencing violence, and to mitigate risk.

Taking the workshop across the country to the 20 cities, White Ribbon Workplace team members Stephanie Callanan, Stacey Nelan and Ronan Smyth delivered practical and educational content to positive feedback, including Operations Manager Sally Roebuck from Queensland who said:

I’m pleased to say that today’s series was just as powerful of a catalyst for change as last year’s Outlook Series! I came away with my mind whirring with ways that we can advocate and support women in our community and team, as well as challenging gender stereotypes and norms to bring about attitudinal change… I already have lots of ideas for change here, which we will be getting started on straight away!

Click on the image below to see the photo album for the events.

IML Outlook Leadership Series 2019 | White Ribbon Australia

Learn more about White Ribbon Accredited Workplaces and how they strengthen gender equality, safety, support, accountability and respectful relationships. To learn more about IML ANZ or to explore the Chartered Manager designation, please visit their website.

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Culturally and Linguistic Diverse Communities in action with the Melbourne Project

CALD Melbourne Project | White Ribbon Australia

In a joint venture between White Ribbon Australia, AMES Australia, DSS, Victorian Government and Vic Health, a ground-breaking pilot course in the prevention of violence against women was launched in 2017.  This Melbourne Project was made up of 65 visionary leaders from more than 30 different Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities from Melbourne. To complete the course, each participant was required to complete workshops and projects.

On the 7th March 2019, a series of participant projects were showcased at Federation Square, overlooking the Yarra River. More than 180 people were in attendance.

The feature project was a stunning spoken word video, developed in partnership with the Poetry Corners, and delivered by Some Kind of Squirrel Productions. Gathered in the photo above are the participants and producers of the video. The video depicted the torment of the people who witness violence, ending on a positive note – ‘I want to be part of the change!’ Watch the powerful video below.

Another visual project was showcased at the event. With support from Victoria University, the Melbourne Project participants created postcards in different languages . The postcard series was translated into 11 different languages. Each postcard had messages encouraging respectful relationships, and prevention thinking including “Stop violence where it starts” and “Men are taking a stand. They treat women as equals, share responsibilities and decision making.”

CALD - Melbourne Project Postcards

The event also featured a live performance from Mitch Tambo, an extraordinary indigenous artist, poet and actor and a dance performance from Sarah Yu, presenting live for the first time her own choreography on family violence developed for the project. The project group Breaking Boundaries produced an amazing video of her dance, which can be viewed below.

The launch event was a success with great energy and the final products from the Melbourne Project groups were all well received. We would like to thank our White Ribbon representatives who attended the event. The next showcase event of projects in late May looks to be promising.

Thank you to Penny Marangos from the White Ribbon Victorian State Committee, White Ribbon Advocates Dr Manjula O’Connor and Simone O’Brien for attending. Thank you also to Simone for speaking – sharing with the audience her story and how White Ribbon Australia fueled her New York Marathon. The launch event and Melbourne Project were supported by our White Ribbon Diversity Portfolio team members, Ingrid Kirchner, Diversity & Inclusion Project Officer, and Sunila Kotwal, Diversity & Inclusion Manager.

CALD_Melbourne Project White Ribbon Team

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Engaging Regional and Remote Queensland communities in the White Ribbon social movement

White Ribbon Ambassador Dave Tinelt Charleville Queensland

In 2018, Dave Tinelt, White Ribbon Ambassador and Housing and Homeless Support Specialist from Wollongong, NSW embarked on a journey to regional Queensland. Dave undertook an engagement trip to Charleville, Queensland, representing White Ribbon Australia to visit local schools, community service providers, health workers and police.

Engaging young people

White Ribbon Ambassador in Charleville Queensland SchoolDave was highly interested in engaging with primary and high school kids about respectful relationships.

To reach a space where students were sharing stories, opening up and ready to listen, Dave looked to games and music to work with the students. A social experiment to break the ice allowed Dave to get to know students and for them to relax: “I took a roll of toilet paper and passed it around. Giggles ensued. Take as much or as little as you want. Every square of toilet paper they needed to share something about themselves.”

Dave worked with high school students on showcasing how domestic violence can affect their daily life and how both verbal and physical bullying is a form of perpetuating violence. He encouraged students to understand that it was okay to speak out if they witness violence.

“The teachers were really positive about what White Ribbon is and what we stand for. Everyone took away a different experience to what White Ribbon means for them.”

Understanding the town and their responses

Dave attended community meetings and also met with police to see what they were doing to tackle men’s violence against women and to see what their daily working experiences were with domestic violence. He also visited medical service providers including social services providers working in the drugs and alcohol space.

Dave wanted to understand how many people were in need of these services due to the impact of domestic violence: “I wanted to know what was available to treat returning victims, and what they were doing about the problem. There needs to be more done and available in remote towns.”

Dave recognised that for victims in remote communities, the challenges were made more difficult with the distance, where the next town is at least two to three hours away. This made the escape from an abusive relationship a costlier and daunting task.

Looking to change and building the Men’s Shed

White Ribbon Ambassador on 4RRFMWorking with the community and service providers, Dave devised a strategic plan to create a Men’s Shed with a committee coming together. Using one of the local facilities, it was to be a space which offered education with group meetings, peer support and a communal space to speak about problems openly – looking to prevent violence before it starts.

“It all comes down to being informative. If a male can make an informed decision, at least he’s got that education to think twice about what he does.”

At the end of his trip, Dave had the pleasure of attending their annual Charleville festival. “Everyone in town attended, wearing their White Ribbon stickers and badges. It meant a lot to see the kids expressing they understood the issue and were proud to be part of this fantastic movement to end men’s violence against women.”

Summary

Dave felt that the local community members, students, support service workers and police all understood the importance of the White Ribbon message, and were all on-board to making change empowering their community.

“Despite the challenges with everything being so widespread out, and the barriers to getting the educational material out, to get everyone on board around the vision; overall, I felt that my trip to regional Queensland was a success. Everyone was positive, and everyone was on the same page.”

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White Ribbon Australia and The Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia team up for International Women’s Day

International Women's Day IML Debate 2019

This International Women’s Day, White Ribbon Australia is proud to be the nominated charity partner of the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand’s annual signature event, the International Women’s Day Great Debate, on Friday 8 March 2019 in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

International Women's Day Debate 2019 AdWith a sell-out event in Sydney and limited seats left in Brisbane and Melbourne, the event will be debating, “Her aspiration needs his cooperation” This ties in with International Women’s Day’s global theme, #balanceforbetter, in efforts to achieve a more gender-balanced world. Across the world – from the workplace to education to politics – women are still facing prejudice, intolerance and inequality in 2019.

White Ribbon Australia is honoured to have been chosen as the charity partner for this event. The International Women’s Day Great Debates provide a provocative, yet insightful, way to address gender inequality. On the Debate day, raffle tickets will be sold and all profits will be going to further extend our primary prevention work in schools, workplaces and communities across Australia. Through our programs and campaigns, we engage with men to be part of the social change needed to prevent men’s violence against women.

With limited tickets available for Brisbane and Melbourne, don’t miss your chance to see two teams of local business leaders and media personalities, comedically battle it out while they address feminism and the future. Tickets are available here.

White Ribbon Australia would like to thank all of our raffle prize donors for their support:

Brisbane

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre CellarMasters Cue Clothing Co Deep Grey Glam Corner
Pondera Physio QLD Luxury Car Rentals Silk Oil of Morocco Skydive Australia Stay Safe Australia Stretch Yoga Strike Bowling
Suncorp Stadium Wanted Shoes Co. ZRA Designs

 

Sydney

Balkin Coaching Be One Yoga Billabong Retreat CellarMasters Cue Clothing Co Happy Buddha Retreats Hayes Theatre Co
John Furphy Images Ken Done Gallery Petersham Bowling Club Red Balloon Experiences Silk of Morocco Sofitel Hotels & Resort State Theatre
Strike Bowling The Convent Hunter Valley Wanted Shoes Co. ZRA Designs

 

Melbourne

Atlantic Group CellarMasters Cue Clothing Co Holey Moley Golf Club John Furphy Images Melbourne Football Club Red Balloon Experiences Silk of Morocco
Melbourne River Cruises Strike Bowling Wanted Shoes Co. Willow Urban Retreat ZRA Designs
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Run of a lifetime. Kane Hillman’s Run for Respect: New York Marathon

Kane Hillman White Ribbon School

In 2018, Assistant Principal and long-time White Ribbon Supporter, Kane Hillman, took on the challenge of a lifetime. When the call went out for New York Marathon participants last November, it was the perfect opportunity to get involved in the social change movement at a deeper level.

Although he’d been running for years, this was the first time Kane had the opportunity to run a marathon. And, what a marathon it was! The New York Marathon is a signature event for any avid runner, and Kane had double the incentive to sign up.

As a teacher in the South Australian Department of Education, he’d supported his school’s fundraising and awareness efforts to prevent men’s violence against women for many years. The combination of running the New York Marathon and supporting White Ribbon’s prevention work was the push Kane needed to enter the race of a lifetime. It was an opportunity not be missed out on.

“To me, White Ribbon is an incredibly important organisation. Men’s violence against women in many respects is a cultural issue. It takes organisations like White Ribbon, who boldly promote cultural shift, to have a loud voice in Australian society.”

And so, the training began. While a bit difficult at the age of 43, especially training during the cold winter months, Kane began his journey in February.

“On a long training run, when I felt like giving up, I just needed to remember the impact that organisations like White Ribbon have on changing attitudes in society and I was able to keep running that bit further.”

Kane Hillman finishing the New York MarathonAs with anything that is worth it, the pay-offs were great, both for Kane personally and for the school community. Kane was inspired to see his school, Brighton Secondary School, get behind him. In fact, his fundraising efforts could not have been done without the school community’s support. Their donations of time, resources and money were inspiring.

“As a male educator, I know it’s my responsibility to be part of a solution by promoting and modelling respectful relationships.”

His participation in the New York Marathon gave a common focus to many of the school’s events that year. The Brighton Community was willing to stand up and speak out for social change and their support showed.

After raising over $10,000 for our primary prevention work across Australia, Kane achieved one of his lifelong goals of running the world renowned New York Marathon. What a way to wrap up 2018!

“I would encourage anyone who has an opportunity to do something like this to grab it.”

Thank you to Kane Hillman and all our 2018 New York Marathon runners. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s New York Marathon and raise funds to help fund our prevention programs in schools and communities like yours. Find out how.

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AFL Victoria (VFL) and White Ribbon Australia partnering to end men’s violence against women

The AFL (Victoria) White Ribbon Collaboration Launch

The AFL (Victoria) Season Launch Announcement | White Ribbon Australia Sports Team with VFL CEO Steven Reaper

 

With the launch of AFL Victoria’s Corporate Social Responsibility program earlier this year, White Ribbon Australia has been chosen as one of the four charities for the CSR program focus. This new collaboration with AFL Victoria will create numerous opportunities for White Ribbon Australia to work alongside the league to address the issue of men’s violence against women that is prevalent within Australia.

The partnership will bring together clubs across the state participating in White Ribbon Rounds throughout the season in order to increase awareness to players, staff and supporters. The first White Ribbon Round for 2018 took place on Saturday, the 5th of May where the Frankston Dolphins played against the Northern Blues. The players wore white arms bands in solidarity with women who have died at the hands of a current or former partner. White Ribbon Ambassador, Glenn Buesnel-May, opened the event recognising the importance of such community and sports collaboration to end men’s violence against women. This White Ribbon Round raised over $500 for White Ribbon programs in Victoria kicking off the partnership between the VFL and White Ribbon Australia on a very positive note.

The VFL’s commitment to the White Ribbon social change movement will work to raise awareness of the importance of respectful relationships among codes, clubs, members and fans. AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper understands the collaborative importance stating that “We know that football plays a powerful role in Victorian culture and the four themed rounds will enable us to utilise the strength of the Victorian football community to support and promote these causes.”

The other themed rounds will be supporting charities Fight MND, beyondblue, and Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF). The next White Ribbon Round will be held on the weekend of August 4th.

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Chair of White Ribbon Australia announces CEO’s retirement

This morning, White Ribbon Australia Chair Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, announced the retirement of CEO, Libby Davies, effective as of early July 2018.

Ms Davies’ decision to retire in July will bring to a close a remarkable career of continuous service to the organisation over the last seven years.

“Ms Davies is at the forefront of her field and her expertise in leadership, strategy, advocacy, lobbying and management has established White Ribbon Australia as the leading authoritative body in Australia for engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too,” Mr Cowdery said.

“As CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Ms Davies has been responsible for nurturing and growing this critical social change movement to the outstanding position it occupies today, creating a pivotal platform in prevention that engages men to stand beside women to drive the change needed to prevent men’s violence against women. Her stewardship has been supported by her thorough working knowledge of the intersectionality of the causes of violence against women and drivers of gender inequality, and of the DFV policy field.

“Ms Davies has made a tremendous contribution to developing and improving the management of the organisation, embedding program logic across all the programs and ensuring measurement of outcomes. White Ribbon Australia is now fully accountable for its performance,” Mr Cowdery said.

“On behalf of the Board and staff, I extend our deep appreciation to Ms Davies for her professional and personal commitment and dedication to White Ribbon Australia during her tenure as our CEO. Under Libby’s leadership White Ribbon has undergone important and necessary change to make it the strong and successful organisation it is today.

“As White Ribbon Australia enters its next phase, the Board is committed to building on the established, integral foundations of the movement in Australia. We will continue to deliver our programs that, through best practice and well-developed program logic, are evidencing positive social change that is making a difference in this vital area of social policy and practice.”

Ms Davies says her decision is based on her wish to focus more on her family and to pursue other personal ambitions including joining her husband in their “sea change” business.

The White Ribbon Australia Board will be undertaking a public search for its new CEO through an Australian based recruitment agency.

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White Ribbon and Endeavour Drinks Group partnership statement

Please find below our position in relation to White Ribbon and Endeavour Drinks Group partnership which addresses your questions.

The partnership between White Ribbon Australia and the Endeavour Drinks Group was approved by the Board after a process of extensive stakeholder and research consultation. We are conscious that some supporters regard this partnership as controversial. We informed all supporters about this partnership.

Endeavour Drinks Group (EDG) have been supporting the work of White Ribbon since June 2013 to express their commitment to the prevention of violence against women. One of the main drivers for the establishment of this relationship was to “go where the problem is”. With millions of Australians visiting BWS/Dan Murphy’s each year, the partnership provides an opportunity to reach the community and continue to bring violence against women into the open, to talk about it and help prevent it from happening.

Our partnership with EDG is based on ethical engagement, sound research and an informed understanding of the issue of men’s violence against women and its link with alcohol. It is a relationship between a large retail group and White Ribbon Australia as part of the broader strategy to engage the community at large and men in particular, at times and places that extend the reach of the campaign into contexts that are difficult to reach.

Our campaign message is clear and unarguable: Alcohol is not an excuse for violence. There is no excuse. Within the limits of what is possible to convey with the time and means available at such points of sale, we believe that the displayed message in its context provides a focus on the link between alcohol and violence. Alcohol is not the underlying driver of violence against women. Men always have a choice; not all people who drink are violent, and many people who do not drink are violent. The proceeds that were raised by this initiative (including the Endeavour Drinks Group contribution) will be applied fully to programs aimed at young men at risk of alcohol abuse and abuse by violence.

Alcohol increases the likelihood and severity of violence and patterns of alcohol consumption. It is precisely for those reasons that White Ribbon Australia decided to target point of sale with key messaging that may be effective with men purchasing alcohol. Our message was on display and targeted to men at risk of alcohol-fuelled violence.

White Ribbon Australia is in no way denying a link between alcohol and violence – we are acknowledging the fact and seeking to contact men who may be at risk of causing the one to lead to the other. Nor is WRA supporting or encouraging the consumption of alcohol – we accept that it occurs and seek to use that circumstance to the advantage of our mission.

Research demonstrates that the relationship between alcohol and violence is the result of a complex interaction of a number of variables eg physical effect, individual characteristics, the drinking environment and societal attitudes and values. To address this issue associated with alcohol dependency and fuelled violence requires more than a focus on the activities of alcohol distributors.

To prevent violence against women requires engaging with the public at places where they live, work and play.

Alcohol does not itself drive violence against women. However, the contribution of alcohol to increased perpetration is significant in the context of social norms and practices that condone or support violence against women, in particular those relating to masculinity and masculine peer group behaviour.

Funds raised will enable White Ribbon to continue to drive primary prevention initiatives in communities across Australia, helping them to support efforts to stop men’s violence against women before it starts.

White Ribbon is committed to engaging with people across the community to obtain maximum reach on the key messaging on stopping violence against women in places where they live, work and play.

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 about White Ribbon’s Partnerships

White Ribbon Australia is committed to ending all forms of disrespectful behaviour, abuse and violence experienced by women. Every day White Ribbon works closely with its ambassadors,  advocates and supporters, community, government and corporate partners to bring about social change.

White Ribbon focuses on men’s responsibility to prevent men’s violence against women and believes that all men must be involved and be prepared to stand up, speak out and safely intervene when necessary, in order to achieve the change which is needed to stop the violence.

White Ribbon does not receive substantial funding from government; in fact, government funding makes up just 7% of its overall funding and those contributions are made towards specific programs. The resources to support this social change movement come from across the community, because it is through all the diverse parts of the community that we must drive the change necessary to prevent the violence.

To successfully lead a social change movement working to end men’s violence against women in Australia, White Ribbon must work closely with corporate, private, community and organisational partners to be the point of change and properly resource its campaigns and programs.

To achieve the levels of support for the change required we must build relationships with organisations which sometimes occupy  spaces in our society where they are regarded as possible contributors to the issue. Working in these spaces requires careful, considered, researched and often difficult and challenging decisions taken by the Board and operationalised by Management.

We are committed to a path of inclusion of the variety of organisations that make up our community to ensure that they are  provided with the necessary guidance, support and tools to drive cultural change within their own structures in order to reduce and end violence. Evidence-based programs which have demonstrated a measurable reduction in disrespectful behaviour and violence towards women can be embedded in these organisation’s commitment to change. Working with them also gives us better access to potential perpetrators to whom the message may be delivered more effectively.

We believe that engagement with these organisations is appropriate, necessary and vital in ending this scourge. They are encouraged to lead the change both as individuals and as organisations and to recognise the vital role they must play as community and corporate leaders and participants.

We acknowledge that this journey is a difficult one and must be carefully managed and periodically reviewed to ensure that the commitment made is genuine and can be held to account under the closest scrutiny.

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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