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Commonwealth Games have just launched MyGames 2018 and White Ribbon charity partnership

Be a champion! Play against your mates or try a new sport, and raise money for White Ribbon Australia. 

White Ribbon are excited to announce partnership with MyGames 2018.

With less than two months to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), the Office of Commonwealth Games have just launched MyGames 2018 – a free fundraising platform for people to raise funds. White Ribbon Australia has been chosen to be one of MyGames charity of choice. The fundraising platform allows you to set your own Games challenge – play against your mates or try a new sport, whilst raising money.

We’re asking people to be a champion and raise money for White Ribbon Australia by registering your event on the www.mygames2018.com website.

Through funds raised, 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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Cheese for Change fundraising campaign

White Ribbon Australia is excited to announce the launch of the brand new fundraising campaign Cheese for Change.

The campaign aims to promote people coming together over a cheese platter (or other cheesy food) from 22 March to 25 March, however supporters can host their event any day in March.

The new initiative aims to provide a vital funds to help support 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.

Fun campaign materials and ideas will be shared online and through social media networks, and to celebrate the launch of the new campaign White Ribbon will be running a chance to win their very own gourmet platter.

To find out more visit: www.whiteribbon.org.au/cheeseforchange

Create a cheese platter that matters!

Please direct all media enquiries to media@whiteribbon.org.au, or call 02 9045 8444 and press 1.

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Corporate Sponsor: White Ribbon proudly partner with Drummond Golf

White Ribbon is proud to announce Drummond Golf has joined the campaign to prevent men’s violence against women by becoming a Corporate Supporter.

As Australia’s premier golf retailer, Drummond Golf has been providing the largest range of the world’s leading golf brands to golfers nationwide and will be making White Ribbon their ‘Golf Fore A Cause’ partner to help drive much needed awareness and funds for White Ribbon.

Through corporate 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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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 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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