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White Ribbon condemns abuse of 17-year-old girl

“White Ribbon Australia has absolutely zero tolerance for violence of any kind – there is no defending violence against women and no excusing of abuse of any kind. We state in the clearest terms possible that it does not matter what part of the community or organisation you are from, perpetrators of abuse and violence against women must be held to account. There is no defending abuse in the workplace to employees and volunteers alike.

The White Ribbon social change movement is about men standing up, speaking out and taking responsibility to prevent and intervene safely in all incidences of disrespect and abuse of women. Workplaces are critical to changing a culture of disrespect and abuse including voluntary organisations. White Ribbon accredited workplaces promote respectful relationships, gender equality and demonstrate a culture of zero tolerance of disrespect, abuse and violence against women.”

Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia.

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STOP – doing nothing is NOT an option

White Ribbon Day 2017 is just over a fortnight away and White Ribbon are calling on all Australian men to take a stand against disrespectful behaviour and all acts of violence against women.

STOP is the theme of this year’s White Ribbon Day on 25 November which includes a “tool kit” to help men safely intervene when they witness disrespect, abuse or violence against women.

A practical guide to help people learn how to actively make a difference in their community, the STOP Kit includes information on how to spot the signs, offer support and create change to prevent violence.

The STOP kit is being championed by the nation’s Police Commissioners, Federal politicians (at a White Ribbon Day breakfast in Canberra) and high-profile White Ribbon ambassadors, including musician Reece Mastin.

STOP stands for:

  • See (Your actions are important in helping to stop violence against women)
  • Talk (Words are part of disrespectful and abusive behaviour but words can also help stop abuse and prevent violence against women)
  • Offer support (Intervening doesn’t mean putting yourself in danger)
  • Prevent (Think about what you can do every day to promote respect towards women, educate yourself and learn the signs of disrespect and abusive behaviour and don’t be afraid to talk about it with friends)

White Ribbon Day activities begun today with leading Australian businessmen, sport stars and musicians pledging their commitment as White Ribbon Ambassadors and lending their voice to a television commercial which urges men to play an active role in preventing violence against women.

Sydney Kings basketball star Jeromie Hill, comedian and author Marty Wilson, along with the General Manager of the Rugby League Players Association, Clint Newton, are among those who are featured in the ad campaign and have taken the pledge to act on behalf of their mothers, daughters, sisters and all women.

Clint Newton said when he was younger he struggled to deal with seeing his female friends impacted by domestic violence and abuse. He admits that calling out men and boys he came into contact with who didn’t respect women and girls was challenging, took courage and some friendships ended as a result.

If he could give his younger self some advice, Clint would say; “don’t wait for anyone to tell you you’re ready, that day may never come. Speak up, even if your voice shakes. Women and girls of the past, present and future are relying on you. Do it now.”

Research shows that people are more likely to take action if the woman being assaulted was a known person (98%) rather than a stranger (92%).1

“White Ribbon Day is an opportunity for Australian men to pledge their determination to act in all instances where disrespect and violence against women occurs. It is critical that all men understand that they are individually responsible for starting important conversations and act to raise awareness with their peers, as these are conversations which could be lifesaving,” said White Ribbon CEO, Libby Davies.

On average, one woman is killed every week in Australia by domestic violence.

“This statistic is horrifying and we have to work together to challenge attitudes and behaviours to prevent all violence against women.”

Now in its 27th year, White Ribbon Day is the most well-known bystander campaign to prevent men’s disrespectful behaviour and all violence against women in Australia. Clint Newton encourages all men to take action with him.

“Don’t stand by and do nothing, nothing is not an option. Take the oath, talk to your mates, be an active bystander, and participate in an event. Your future self and many others are counting on you.”

Funds raised at events across Australia go towards supporting White Ribbon’s national primary prevention initiative, which aims to stop violence before it occurs, through education programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

White Ribbon is a non-government grassroots social movement which is committed to building a community where every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The national organisation relies on individual and corporate donations to fund social change programs.

Support White Ribbon by making a donation: www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate

Learn more about White Ribbon Day: www.whiteribbon.org.au/day

1 VicHealth, 2014, Findings from the 2013 National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS).

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Australian workplaces stand up to violence against women

White Ribbon is proud to announce the accreditation of 17 workplaces.

This September a further 17 workplaces from across Australia have achieved White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation following 18 months of comprehensive development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

Reaching over 600,000 employees since 2012, the internationally recognised White Ribbon Accreditation Program assesses workplaces against 15 compulsory criteria under three standards. Each workplace demonstrates effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training, supporting employees to be respectful across all areas of business.

In Australia, one in five women experience harassment within the workplace. White Ribbon Workplaces are committed to changing workplace culture to prevent abuse of and violence against women.

This cohort of newly accredited White Ribbon Workplaces brings the total number of accredited Australian workplaces to 122, with a further 100 organisations working toward accreditation.

Accreditation as a ‘White Ribbon Workplace’ results from the independent assessment of documented evidence of policy and practice against White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Framework. Accreditation lasts for three years.

Recent findings commissioned by White Ribbon Australia and evaluated by KPMG found that the Workplace Accreditation Program demonstrates the positive impact of evidence-based prevention strategies involving policies, procedures, education and training, in improving attitudes and behaviours to prevent violence against women and drive gender equality.

Newly Accredited Workplaces

  • Parliament of Victoria
  • Ability Options
  • Bridge Housing Limited
  • University of Southern QLD
  • The Housing Trust
  • Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Navy Health Ltd
  • Federation University
  • Curtin University
  • TUH
  • TAFE NSW Riverina Institute
  • Relationships Australia TAS
  • Social Research Centre
  • TransGrid
  • TWUSUPER
  • REA Group
  • Carsales.com LTD

 

About White Ribbon

White Ribbon’s primary prevention imitative aims to stop violence before it occurs, through education, awareness raising and by challenging ingrained attitudes and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women. Advocating social change, the initiative highlights the positive role men can play to stop domestic violence. White Ribbon Australia seeks an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.

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A world first Workplace Culture Dashboard to prevent violence against women and strengthen gender equality

Sydney, 29 August – White Ribbon Australia announced today the launch of a world first Workplace Culture Dashboard. The Dashboard provides a view of attitudinal and behavioural changes in organisations as a result of the Workplace Accreditation Program delivered by White Ribbon.

The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program has collected 150,000 qualitative and quantitative responses from workplace program participants across Australia. The analysis of this data enables White Ribbon and organisations to further benefit from more targeted interventions in response to their individual culture.

White Ribbon commissioned KPMG to build the Dashboard based on their analysis of the survey data from 160 organisations that have participated in the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program since 2012. The Dashboard represents the diversity of the data sets, which spans 22 industries and over 600,000 staff.

Initial analysis of the responses demonstrates the positive impact of this evidence-based prevention program in improving attitudes and behaviours towards violence against women and gender equality.

White Ribbon’s CEO, Libby Davies says, “Violence against women is a workplace issue affecting the health, safety and wellbeing of employees, organisational culture and reputation, and the bottom line. One in five women experience harassment in the workplace[1], approximately two-thirds of women who experience violence are in paid work[2], and 94 per cent of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women[3].

“We work directly with organisations to develop the tools that drive positive workplace culture, which include policy, procedures, training and communication, to enable the workplace community to enhance skills and knowledge to address abuse and violence against women, and to strengthen gender equality.”

The Dashboard also has the capability to build workplace profiles based on the changes in: employee understandings of abuse and violence against women; attitudes and behaviours; organisational culture; the role of being an active bystander; and response to disclosures of violence.

“Workplace Accreditation gives employers across all sectors the means to create and sustain a working environment based on equality and mutual respect. The benefits of standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women extend beyond the immediate office environment.

“The Workplace Accreditation Program’s Dashboard further strengthens the Program’s workplace insights, and provides an opportunity for business and governments alike to further their understanding of the importance of comprehensive workplace programs that target specific cultures and behaviours.  This Dashboard will be a critical tool in the ongoing independent evaluation of the Program,” concluded Ms Davies.

The surveys are a key part of the obligations of the workplace undergoing accreditation. Analysis of the White Ribbon Workplace survey data evidenced an improvement in understanding of violence against women since completing the Accreditation. What constitutes abuse and how it manifests was also better understood following the Accreditation process. It also shows an increased confidence to challenge inappropriate behaviour and support disclosures of violence.

The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program supports all employees to challenge inappropriate behaviour, hold perpetrators to account, enables support for victims of abuse and supports gender equality.

One of the 150,000 survey respondents said, “I think that as people are educated on the various forms of violence against women it changes their thinking and behaviour. I think some men would not have thought their actions fit into the category of violence until it was explained to them. If behaviour is accepted nothing will change, it takes a campaign like this to open people’s eyes to the damage their words or actions can have on another person.”

Accreditation takes 18 months to complete and lasts for three years, during which time the workplace must evidence an ongoing, sustainable commitment to the prevention of violence against women.

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[1] Australian Human Rights Commission (2008) Sexual Harassment Guide. Retrieved from: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sex-discrimination/guides/sexual-harassment

[2] Australian Bureau of Statistics, Personal Safety, Australia, (2005) (Reissue), Cat. No. 4906.0, 35. Retrieved from http://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/family-and-domestic-violence/publications/fact-sheet-domestic-and-family-violence-workplace#fn10

[3] Pennay, D & Powell, A. (2012). The role of bystander knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in preventing violence against women: A full technical report. The Social Research Centre. Melbourne.

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Unite with your neighbours on White Ribbon Night to help prevent men’s violence against women

This Friday, 28 July, White Ribbon urges all Australians to stand up with their neighbours to prevent men’s violence against women by supporting White Ribbon Night.

Over 120 White Ribbon Night events will take place in the community, amongst friends and neighbours, schools and workplaces this Friday, to reduce the occurrence of men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon CEO, Libby Davies said, “White Ribbon Night is an opportunity for Australians to connect with their neighbours, build strong community bonds, and start important conversations which raise awareness of domestic violence against women. This conversation could be lifesaving.”

The community are asked to help reduce the epidemic of violence against women by making a donation for the value of what they would spend on a night out, and instead have a night in that makes a difference.

“On average one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence. This statistic is far too high and we have to work together to prevent violence against women,” said Libby.

Research into violence prevention indicates that social isolation can be a form of abuse against female partners [1]. Evidence supports that community engagement that strengthens relationships with neighbours can help prevent violence.

VicHealth research into community attitudes found that 98% of survey respondents indicated they were likely to intervene if they knew a woman experiencing domestic violence.

Simone O’Brien, White Ribbon Advocate and survivor of partner perpetrated violence says, “I owe my life to my neighbours. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for them. They saved my life. I would encourage everyone to get to know their neighbours. You feel safer knowing who lives near you.”

Now in its fifth year, White Ribbon Night is White Ribbon’s largest fundraiser and supports their national domestic violence prevention programs. White Ribbon’s primary prevention initiative aims 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.

Funds raised through community efforts on White Ribbon Night go towards the delivery of prevention programs in schools, workplaces and the wider community.

                                                                                              
Support White Ribbon by making a donation:
www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate

Find out more about White Ribbon:
www.whiteribbon.org.au

For media enquiries please contact Nell Cowan on Nell.Cowan@whiteribbon.org.au or 0459 356 335
[1] Flood, M. (2007). Background document for Preventing Violence Before It Occurs: A framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria.

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Reach out to your neighbours this White Ribbon Night

On Friday 28th July White Ribbon is calling on all Australians to connect with their neighbours to help prevent violence against women and host a White Ribbon Night.

White Ribbon CEO, Libby Davies said: “This year’s White Ribbon Night is focusing on the benefits of strengthening community relationships, and building support networks within our neighbourhoods which can help prevent the occurrence of domestic violence.”

Simone O’Brien, White Ribbon Advocate and mother of three, was brutally attacked by a former partner in 2012, surviving only because three of her neighbours raced to her aid. Following the attack, Simone spent a month in intensive care, her devastating injuries resulting in being reliant on life support, and forcing her children to prepare to say goodbye to their mother.

“I would not be here today if it wasn’t for the help of my neighbours. I owe them my life. I would encourage everyone to get to know their neighbours. You never know what’s happening behind someone’s door and when you or someone else may need a helping hand,” said Ms O’Brien.

Alarmingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence.

White Ribbon Ambassador, Associate Professor Michael Flood said: “If we can build communities with strong norms of respect, non-violence, and equality, this will have a powerful impact on rates of domestic and family violence. Perpetrators will feel far less able to get away with using violence, victims will find it easier to seek support and to escape violence, and friends and neighbours will be more likely to take action when they suspect there is abuse.”

Research conducted by VicHealth into community attitudes indicates 98% of survey respondents show they were likely to intervene if they knew a woman experiencing domestic violence.

“White Ribbon Night is an opportunity for Australians to reach out to their neighbours, start important conversations which raise awareness of domestic violence against women and build strong community bonds that could be lifesaving,” said Libby.

White Ribbon’s primary prevention initiatives 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.

Funds raised through White Ribbon Night go towards prevention programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

To get involved by hosting a White Ribbon Night visit:
www.whiteribbon.org.au/night

Support White Ribbon by making a donation:
www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate

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Media and interview requests, please contact Irina Kamychnikova on 0426 221 550

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Gold Coast Titans stand up to violence against women

The Gold Coast Titans are helping to prevent the cycle of violence against women by selecting White Ribbon Australia as the charity beneficiary at their 10 Year Anniversary Gala Ball this Saturday, 8 July.

“The Titans and the Gold Coast community have been passionate supporters of White Ribbon for many years now. The funds from this important event will go a long way to supporting the many prevention projects in schools, workplaces and across the community,” said Liam Dooley, Executive Manager of Community Development at White Ribbon Australia.

“We look forward to continuing this work with the Titans for years to come.”

In an overwhelming response, tickets to the gala event have sold out, however the Gold Coast Titans are encouraging the wider community to get involved by participating in an online Silent Auction which is open to the public.

Items on auction include holidays, football memorabilia and “money can’t buy” experiences with members of the Gold Coast Titans.

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.

 

To view photos from the evening, please visit: http://www.titans.com.au/news/2017/07/10/gallery_10_year_anni.html  

Support White Ribbon directly by making a donation: www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate

Find out more about White Ribbon: www.whiteribbon.org.au

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Silver Status: White Ribbon proud to partner with L’Oreal Australia

White Ribbon is proud to announce  L’Oréal Australia has joined the campaign to prevent violence against women by becoming a Silver Sponsor.

L’Oréal Australia is focused on building the confidence of women and believes strongly in developing a nation that respects all women and allows them to live in safety, free from all forms of abuse.

Recently the L’Oréal Group was ranked Number 1 worldwide by Equileap for commitment to women’s empowerment and gender balance in the workforce. As a company L’Oréal Australia employs over 900 people nationwide and fosters a culture where both men and women thrive.

“The work White Ribbon does in Australia is vitally important to changing societal attitudes and behaviours, and we are pleased to be able to support this cause. As a male leader of a large Australian company, I am standing up, speaking out and acting to end men’s violence against women,” says Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director, L’Oréal Australia.

Through Silver Sponsorship, White Ribbon will be supported 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. White Ribbon is dedicated to delivering programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

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Media contact: Eliza Arrowsmith, Marketing and Communication Manager on (02) 9045 8444

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White Ribbon’s statement in response to Turnbull Government’s strengthening of Australian Citizenship

“The Prime Minister is on the right track defending the fundamental right of every woman and child to live free from violence and abuse. Violence against women and children is not tolerated in Australia,” said Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon, in response to the Turnbull Government’s announcement that future citizen tests will focus heavily on respect for women and children, with possible questions about child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.

“All Australian citizens are obliged, legally, ethically and morally, to behave in a manner that is respectable at all times.

“We aim to build a nation that allows for each and every woman and child to live in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse.

“We need to engage men in this issue and make women’s safety a man’s priority.

“In 2013-14 6,500 women and girls were hospitalised in Australia due to assault from a partner or spouse. Even one hospitalisation is too many.

“Most men recognise this and more are speaking out and acting to stop domestic and family violence across our diverse community.

“We place particular importance on educating men and having men speak with other men about violence against women and children.

“It is up to all men, together with women, to stand up, speak out and act to build a society based on respect, fairness and equality.”

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Media: Irina Kamychnikova 0426 221 550

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