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White Ribbon is Breaking the Silence: Leading the Way In Respectful Relationships Education

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) understands that engaging with children and young people is key to creating social change and ending men’s violence against women. The statistics are shocking, with one in four women affected by intimate partner violence in their lifetime and 1 in 4 children exposed to domestic violence, a recognized form of child abuse .

Today, White Ribbon is proud to announce that an additional 116 schools across Australia have completed White Ribbon’s award-winning Breaking the Silence Schools Program.

The Breaking the Silence Program complements existing school curricula, giving teachers and students the opportunity to embed respectful relationships education in a way that is meaningful and sustainable for that particular school. It integrates with numerous school frameworks such as the National Safe Schools Framework, to provide a whole of school approach to student wellbeing.

The Program directly aligns with the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022) and the findings of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Both identify schools as a priority for violence prevention.

“We congratulate these schools on their leadership to bring about social change. What children and young people learn about respectful relationships today will set them up for the rest of their lives. That’s a real investment in Australia’s future,” Nicholas Cowdery, Chair of White Ribbon Australia said.

“By giving staff and students the means and language to deal with harmful messages, to understand gender stereotyping and to talk openly about respect, this award-winning initiative is breaking the silence about domestic violence.”

The Breaking the Silence Program has reached over 220,000 students and 15,600 principals from both primary and secondary schools. Independent evaluation demonstrates the program is working. It is evidencing positive attitudinal and behavioural change.

This year, White Ribbon is working with schools across every State and Territory to bring respectful relationships education and lasting social change to the next generation of young Australians.

White Ribbon offers the Program at no cost to participants.

Schools wishing to take part the 2016-17 Program should register their interest by 3 June 2016: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/get-school-involved/

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Background

CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

In Australia, one in four children are exposed to domestic violence. Exposure to domestic violence is recognised as a form of child abuse.

Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.

There is an increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties from childhood exposure to intimate partner violence.

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

In April 2016, 116 schools across New South Wales (71), Victoria (11), Tasmania (5), South Australia (26), and Western Australia (3) completed White Ribbon’s award-winning program.

 

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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Waratahs take to the field to prevent men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) and the NSW Waratahs will team up for Super Rugby Round 11, with ‘Ladies Day’ and the ‘Catch to Win and Give’ charity initiative to be held on 7 May 2016.

The NSW Waratahs are taking the opportunity to tackle the issue of men’s violence against women by hosting Round 11 in support of White Ribbon.  The club’s commitment to ending men’s violence against women is demonstrated through their support of White Ribbon during this round.

As the largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women, White Ribbon is committed to working with elite sporting teams such as the Waratahs to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence.  Statistics show that one in four Australian women are exposed to domestic violence and on average one woman a week is killed as a result of intimate partner violence.

“We are pleased to be working with the Waratahs to broaden our reach to men and women and build upon the momentum of support we are seeing amongst sporting codes. The Waratahs are highlighting their commitment to this issue and the commitment expected of its players, staff and fans” Nicholas Cowdery, White Ribbon Chair, said.

“This round reinforces our respect of women in the game, our female fans, the importance of role modelling to young boys and our confidence in staff and players to reinforce the message that men’s violence against women is never acceptable. We are committed to standing alongside White Ribbon and its supporters and commit to the White Ribbon Oath, to stand up, speak out and act to prevent this issue that has such devastating long term impacts on our society.” Waratahs and NSW Rugby CEO, Andrew Hore said.

The Round will see the Waratahs raise awareness through a variety of White Ribbon activations and funds for White Ribbon by handing out ‘Catch to WIN and GIVE’ t-shirts. The t-shirts provide fans with the opportunity to win cash prizes while also nominating a participating charity to receive a further donation from the Club.

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ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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Budget 2016: More investment needed to break cycles of violence

The 2016 Budget announcement raises concerns about the Australian Government’s commitment to breaking cycles of violence. Significant investment in family violence services and programs is vital to keeping Australian women and their children safe.

Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, said: ‘We commend the Australian Government’s commitment to continuing to drive strategies under the Third National Action Plan for 2016-2019. However, last night’s budget released insufficient additional support to address this scourge that affects Australian communities.’

Ms. Davies said: ‘The family violence sector desperately needs adequate funding to support both women and children experiencing violence as well investment in initiatives that work to prevent this violence from happening in the first place, so we can truly end the cycle of violence.’

The importance of primary prevention been identified, yet primary prevention initiatives remain critically underfunded.

White Ribbon Australia runs a national violence prevention campaign and programs in schools and workplaces. Less than 10% of funding for this work comes from government sources, despite evaluations indicating that White Ribbon programs are changing the attitudes and behaviours that results in men’s violence against women.

Ms. Davies said: ‘Prevention needs more funding, but not at the expense of service provision. To truly break cycles of violence we need a commitment from Government to increase funding across the board and invest in established initiatives that are already delivering positive outcomes and demonstrating impact.’

A whole-of-government approach is key to addressing the complexity of men’s violence against women and to realising the extensive social benefits that will accrue from its eradication.

Ms. Davies said: ‘Examining and addressing men’s violence against women across portfolios is key to creating long-term social change and will ultimately lead to cost savings for governments. Unfortunately, the funding structure for family violence initiatives in the 2016 Budget has not taken this approach. Together with a considerable funding shortfall, this budget is disappointing.’

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ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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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New survey data sheds light on the impact of family violence on women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Violence against women impacts every Australian community and is an issue for us all. Yesterday’s release of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) data, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra, has revealed more about how family violence impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and communities.

Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon, said: ‘The data released yesterday is confronting, but having this information helps us further develop approaches to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on ending men’s violence against women. It will also help us evaluate the effectiveness of these approaches.’

The findings of the survey indicate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are four times more likely than men to experience partner violence; 28% of women who had experienced physical violence in the last 12 months said that their current or former partner was the perpetrator. The data also indicates the impact of family violence on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; 63% of women reporting a recent experience of physical violence identified a family member (including a current or previous partner) as the perpetrator, compared with 35% of males. This is evidence of the ongoing need for violence prevention campaigns and programs that target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in culturally appropriate ways.

White Ribbon began this work through the White Ribbon Diversity Program, launched in 2014 and funded for four years by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. The Diversity Program focuses on making the White Ribbon Campaign and Programs more inclusive through meaningful and respectful collaboration with communities across Australia.

Sunila Kotwal, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at White Ribbon said: ‘We are working with a reference group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to guide and better connect us with communities through local events, workshops, training and forums. We are also developing White Ribbon resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to raise awareness about men’s violence against women and to encourage and support them to join this Campaign to end violence against women’.

To date, White Ribbon’s Diversity Program has led to a 17% increase in Ambassadors identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and over 160 men attending culturally appropriate training in the prevention of men’s violence against women. ‘The NATSISS data released today reminds us why we need to do this work’, Ms. Kotwal said.

For more information on White Ribbon’s Diversity Program, visit: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/about/diversity-and-inclusion/

About the NATSISS

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) survey data brings together a broad range of information that explores cultural identity, social networks, housing, health, employment and education, crime and justice experiences and general life satisfaction.

The NATSISS is conducted every six years. It was first run in 1994, responding to various recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deaths in Custody for a better information base to understand the socio-economic circumstances and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

This was the first time such a wide ranging and comprehensive survey of Australia’s First Peoples was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), or any other government agency

About White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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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A Further Nine Workplaces Accredited by White Ribbon Australia for Taking Action to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women

Today, White Ribbon Australia celebrates the accreditation of nine organisations as White Ribbon Workplaces. This brings the total number of White Ribbon accredited workplaces in Australia to 45. A further 120 workplaces are currently working towards accreditation.

The program is rigorous. Over an 18 month period, participating workplaces must satisfy 15 assessment criteria under three separate standards. They submit evidence of extensive staff consultation, staff engagement, staff training as well as new and improved HR policies and procedures.

“We congratulate these workplaces for their exceptional commitment to driving social change,” said Nicholas Cowdery AM QC Chair of White Ribbon.

“With one in three women experiencing physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them in Australia, the likelihood of a workplace employing a current, former or potential perpetrator and one or more victims of domestic violence is high.”

“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.”

Branding as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace occurs when an organisation provides documented evidence against the Accreditation Framework. To date, this internationally recognised White Ribbon Australia Program has reached over 400,000 Australian employees since the program began.

“The diversity of organisations that we are accrediting today, from the public and private sectors, from small to large employers, is impressive. Each and every one recognises that ending men’s violence against women is 100% a workplace issue.  They are committed to developing a workplace culture that demonstrates respect and gender equality.” Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia said.

Accreditation lasts for 3 years. Applications for re-accreditation must evidence a sustained commitment to the journey of attitudinal and behavioural change. White Ribbon will be reviewing the accreditation status of the organisations that took part in the 2013 pilot program later this year.

Organisations can visit www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/get-workplace-involved/workplace-accreditation/ to register their interest.

Accredited Workplaces March 2016

  1. Berry Street, Victoria
  2. Blacktown City Council, New South Wales
  3. Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Queensland
  4. Department of Correctional Services NT, Northern Territory
  5. Greater Dandenong City Council, Victoria
  6. Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria
  7. P&O Maritime Australasia
  8. Relationships Australia SA, South Australia
  9. The Department of the Treasury, Australian Government

About Violence Against Women and the Workplace  

One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.[1]

One in five women experience harassment within the workplace.[2]

94% of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women.[3]

In a recent survey, 48% of respondents who had experienced domestic violence disclosed it to a manager or supervisor, and only 10% found their response helpful.[4]

Disclosure is often a traumatic experience for victims of violence, but it can also be a stressful time for supervisors receiving the disclosure. Training and support is critical.

The Australian Government estimates that domestic violence costs the business and corporate sector about $1.5 billion per annum. The direct cost to employers in terms of staff absenteeism, lost productivity replacement staff costs and misused workplace resources is estimated to cost $465 million per annum. [5]

About White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

 

 


[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety, Australia, 2012

[2] Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide.

[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.

[4] VicHealth, 2009, National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

[5] National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2009). The cost of violence against women and their children.

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Systems Change: Marking the End of Australia’s Broken Family Violence System

White Ribbon Australia congratulates the Victorian Government on embracing the findings and all 227 recommendations released today by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The Report of The Royal Commission into Family Violence highlights the failing processes and broken structures that impede the adequate support for victims and perpetrators. Importantly, it also identifies the direct actions and responses required of government and others to address and invest in the different challenges and changes required to overhaul the existing system.

Chief Executive of White Ribbon, Libby Davies said:

“This Report marks a turning point for all individuals and agencies engaged in ending domestic and family violence in Australia. The Report identifies a broken system and how this can be addressed. A unified, collective plan of action and data sharing across jurisdictions is essential for the welfare of women and their children to be protected.”

The report also emphasises the importance of primary prevention in priority settings, including workplaces and schools.

“Primary prevention, including the work undertaken by White Ribbon Australia and others in the sector, is central to driving the systemic and cultural change identified in the Report. A whole-of-organisation approach is pivotal to primary prevention. This includes respectful relationships education and workplace engagement” Ms. Davies said.

To date, more than 350 schools across Australia have completed White Ribbon’s Breaking the Silence Schools Program. Breaking the Silence, informed by evidence-based best practice and continued evaluation, supports school leadership to embed models of respectful relationships through a whole of school approach.

45 organisations are accredited as White Ribbon Workplaces, with another 120 organisations currently working towards accreditation. This internationally recognised program provides a rigorous and structured framework to address gender inequality and develop primary prevention strategies tailored to each organisation. The Program has reached over 400,000 Australian employees since it began.

Culture and systems change go hand in hand in this nationwide commitment to end gendered violence in Australia. White Ribbon looks forward to working with the Victorian Government to realise a nation without family violence.

 

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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 and Formula One speak out about men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia is taking men’s violence against women to the 2016 Formula 1®  Rolex Australian Grand Prix on 17 – 20 March 2016.

The White Ribbon campaign recognises the positive role that men play in preventing men’s violence against women, based on the understanding that most men aren’t violent.

In 2016, Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix will reach a global audience of 500,000 as the world’s leading drivers compete at Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit for the winning position.

As the Official Charity of Choice for 2016, White Ribbon is very pleased to be working with one of Australia’s most popular and anticipated sporting events to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence:

“This is a unique and valuable opportunity for White Ribbon to reach an audience of this size and to engage with both men and boys, challenging them to understand what they can do to help drive social change. We are truly overwhelmed with the support shown by Formula 1® and hope that together we can have a positive and lasting influence, helping to combat the prevalence of men’s violence against women,” said Nicholas Cowdery AM QC and Chair of White Ribbon.

“Statistics show that on average, at least 1 woman a week is killed at the hands of a current or former male partner in Australia. It has never been this important to educate about prevention,” Nicholas said.

White Ribbon encourages men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand social change. The Australian Grand Prix audience is predominately male, which aligns well with this message.

Over the four days of this international gathering, White Ribbon will contribute to an array of different activities. White Ribbon Ambassadors will be present across all of the four themed days: Man Day, Ladies Day, Family Day and Awareness Day.

For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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Domestic violence, professional sporting codes and the future of violence against women in Australia

This week, the media’s eyes return to our country’s sporting codes and the issue of player behaviour off the field.

White Ribbon and sector partners are working with the NRL to continue the cultural shift needed to drive the attitudinal and behavioural changes that must be embraced by all players in relation to violence against women. Three organisations will join in a coalition the NRL has established to further tackle this issue.

As an organisation, White Ribbon respects the integrity of our nation’s legal processes. However, we also know that to make lasting cultural, attitudinal and behavioural changes, transparency and affirmative action are needed from the time allegations of violence against a woman first arise. It is also imperative that all parties are supported during the investigation of any criminal charge.

The NRL must maximise its opportunities to reach and educate players, particularly young players, about the risks and consequences of men’s violence against women; and to reinforce the unacceptability of that behaviour. They are the sporting leaders of tomorrow.

The NRL also has the potential to reach and educate their fans, particularly younger fans, on what is and what is not acceptable behaviour.

The coalition’s initiatives will build upon the educational and community engagement programs the NRL already runs.

“We understand there are major roadblocks to enforcing better practices in the complexities of player contracts and individual club ethos and practices. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty must also be observed.

White Ribbon expects the NRL clubs to deal with the issue of violence to women and children as severely as drinking and drug related misconduct. The small minority of players who bring the code into disrepute in those ways must be treated according to the same standards when the matter relates to domestic violence” Nicholas Cowdery, White Ribbon Chair, said.

“Nothing should stand in the way of our having complete confidence in our sporting heroes as role models. The safety and well-being of our women and children are also served by their adherence to high standards of behaviour.”

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON 

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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 appoints new Chair

White Ribbon Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of White Ribbon Ambassador Professor Nicholas Cowdery AM QC as the Chair of the Board.

Professor Cowdery comes to the White Ribbon Board with extensive experience as a Barrister since 1971 that includes the role of Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales for over 16 years and elected President of the International Association of Prosecutors.  Professor Cowdery holds a number of honorary university academic positions, consults for a number of organisations including The United Nations, and is a member of the National Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the Institute of Criminology Advisory Committee, the Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association and the NSW Sentencing Council. He was inaugural Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association.

“We welcome Nicholas Cowdery as the new Chair of the White Ribbon Australia Board of Directors,” said Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia. “His outstanding career, service to the Australian community and as a long term White Ribbon Ambassador, are invaluable assets as we continue to grow White Ribbon. His proven leadership and commitment to positive social change will serve the organisation well.”

“As a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2009 I have been involved with and witnessed the critical work of White Ribbon in engaging men to be part of the change to prevent violence and abuse against women. I am honoured to be part of an organisation that focuses on such an important issue and that is driving critical change” newly appointed Chair Nicholas Cowdery said.

Joining Nicholas Cowdery are, from Victoria, newly appointed director Nick Mazzarella, Manager Major Projects, Whittlesea City Council, and White Ribbon Ambassador since 2008 and, from the ACT, newly appointed director Bernie Pearce, Australian Government Aid Program (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and White Ribbon Ambassador since 2011.

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON 

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change. White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women.

Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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