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White Ribbon appoints new CEO Delia Donovan

Delia Donovan new CEO White Ribbon Australia

New CEO Delia Donovan will empower White Ribbon’s community

Today, White Ribbon Australia Chair, John Rosewarne, proudly announced the appointment of Delia Donovan as the new CEO of White Ribbon Australia. Ms Donovan has been Acting CEO for the past four months.

Mr Rosewarne said the Board of Directors is delighted to formally appoint Ms Donovan. “Over the past four months Delia has demonstrated her capability to lead our national organisation, building consensus with key stakeholders, and resetting the organisation for a vibrant future. We are confident that her expertise and leadership gained across the social care sector in Australia and the UK will springboard a new era for White Ribbon Australia,” said Mr Rosewarne.

Ms Donovan has outlined her key strategic priorities. “I am determined to focus on the unique role White Ribbon has to play in addressing the root causes of men’s violence against women, using a collaborative approach with communities around the country,” said Ms Donovan.

“White Ribbon Australia has a crucial role to play in sustaining the social change Australia needs and seeks. We firmly believe that investing in behavioural change of this magnitude needs courage, tenacity and a willingness to work in difficult spaces. We will focus on working collaboratively, using our evidence-based primary prevention programs and our large community reach to address this national emergency.”

Ms Donovan said she was also focused on the work needed to address the challenges the organisation has faced over the past few months. “I’ve looked very closely at the way the organisation has been operating and  we have learned and made immediate changes and commitments. We have taken important steps to address current financial challenges to ensure we maintain our movement and rebuild trust with the community,” said Ms Donovan.

“Over the coming months we will be refining the roles and purpose of our network of Ambassadors, Advocates, supporters and community leaders who are passionate about leading and delivering transformational change across Australia.  We are determined to continue to hold ourselves to account and invest in strong cooperative, transparent leadership and participation in each community.

“While closely working with government, sector partners and our supporters, the Board and the leadership team will continue the renewal and refocus of White Ribbon’s strategic planning and governance. These adjustments will underpin our commitment to our partners, stakeholders and to our new global sector stakeholders.”

Ms Donovan brings with her extensive experience in non-government and social services settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, drawing on 15 years in frontline social work and social care management roles including her last role as CEO of a local domestic abuse charity supporting 6000 clients year on year. Prior to being promoted to Acting CEO Ms Donovan was Director of Community & Programs, and played a key role in the development and implementation of White Ribbon’s successful schools, workplaces, and community prevention programs.

The following is a video message from new CEO Delia Donovan, talking about her vision for White Ribbon Australia’s future and her strategic priorities moving forwards.

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NRL displays zero tolerance to violence against women

This decision by the National Rugby League (NRL) shows its commitment to zero tolerance for any kind of abuse, disrespect and violence against women.

NRL players are widely admired by their loyal fans from all walks of life and with that comes a responsibility to lead by example by demonstrating equality and respect on and off the field.

White Ribbon’s Senior Manager, Sports Engagement, Liam Dooley, said the NRL’s move echoes White Ribbon’s determination that there must be zero tolerance for men’s violence against women.

“This is an important step not just for the great game of rugby league but for the broader community. It’s great to see the NRL listen to community and take on board their feedback in making this decision. We look forward to working collaboratively with the NRL into the future,” Mr Dooley said.

Mr Dooley said that 1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence by someone they know.

“We must educate and empower Australian men and boys, to understand and embody equality, to be able to identify, stand up, speak out and act against all forms of men’s violence against women.”

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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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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, 10 Federal and 76 State and Territory government entities 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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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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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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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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