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White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation November 2016

Today White Ribbon Australia is proud to launch the fifth cohort of its Workplace Accreditation Program. Fourteen organisations across government, private and community sectors have been accredited today after undertaking a rigorous 18-month process to demonstrate commitment to cultural change in preventing and responding to violence against women in the workplace.

Workplaces receiving accreditation include the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACs), and security firm G4S and Northparkes Mines are the first organisations of their kind to achieve accreditation.

Members of the cohort have taken steps to create safe and respectful workplaces. For example, Link Housing distribute information on domestic violence to tenants, and the Castle Hill RSL allow two days of paid leave per domestic abuse incident.

The launch of this cohort brings the total number of accredited Australian Workplaces to 80, with over half a million Australian adults reached via the program.

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White Ribbon Australia accredits its largest cohort of workplaces working to end men’s violence against women

31st March 2017

White Ribbon Australia accredits its largest cohort of workplaces working to end men’s violence against women

Today, White Ribbon Australia celebrates the accreditation of twenty-seven organisations as White Ribbon Workplaces. This brings the total number of White Ribbon accredited workplaces in Australia to 107. A further 78 workplaces are currently working towards accreditation. So far the White Ribbon Accreditation Program has reached over 600,000 Australians via their workplace.

Over the past eighteen months, these organisations have undertaken rigorous training, having satisfied fifteen assessment criteria under three separate standards. They have demonstrated effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

White Ribbon Australia celebrates the largest group of accredited workplaces to complete its Workplace Accreditation Program. This cohort features a diverse cross-section of organisations, from local councils to a multinational.

“We congratulate all the workplaces receiving accreditation today on their extraordinary effort and dedication,” said Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia.

“These organisations have committed time and resources to review and enhance their HR policies, procedures and the way in which they communicate with staff. They have delivered training to managers and staff on what it means to work in a safe and respectful workplace.

“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.” concluded Ms Davies.

Accreditation lasts for three years and evidences an ongoing, sustainable commitment to the prevention of violence against women.

FACT SHEET FOLLOWS – List of new accredited organisations + evidence based facts on violence against women and the rationale for workplace participation in addressing violence against women.

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Media & Interview requests

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies is available for interview. The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Program video is available upon request.

Contact: Irina Kamychnikova on 0426 221 550 OR Jenny Muir on 0415 401 200

 Organisation  Region
Royal Australian Air Force National
Virgin Australia National
Social Futures NSW
Mid North Coast Local Health District NSW
Samaritans Foundation – Diocese of Newcastle NSW
NSW Police NSW
QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services QLD
Tablelands Sexual Assault Service QLD
Renewal SA SA
SA Ambulance Service SA
SA Environment Protection Authority SA
SA Country Health SA Local Health Network SA
People’s Choice Credit Union SA
Australian Refugee Association SA
SA Metropolitan Fire Services SA
SA Southern Adelaide Local Health Network SA
SA Northern Adelaide Local Health Network SA
SA Women’s and Children’s Local Health Network SA
Fuji Xerox Business Centre Tasmania TAS
Benetas (Anglican Aged Care Services Group) VIC
Surf Coast Shire Council VIC
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria VIC
Waverley Industries Limited VIC
Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat VIC
Benalla Health VIC
The Royal Women’s Hospital VIC
Aboriginal Housing Victoria VIC


Highlights

  • Virgin Australia joins DP World Australia and Telstra as multinational organisations who have Australian operations already accredited by White Ribbon. Virgin is the first airline in Australia to be accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace.
  • Mid North Coast Local Health District is the first health district in NSW to become accredited
  • NSW Police joins: NT Police; SA Police; TAS Police, Fire and Emergency Services as White Ribbon Workplaces
  • QLD Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services joins: WA Department of Child Protection and Family Support, NSW Department of Family & Community Services and NT Department of Local Government and Community Services

About White Ribbon Australia

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women.  It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change.  In Australia, White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent violence by changing the attitudes and behaviours that support gender inequality and men’s violence against women. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and prevention initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.

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]

[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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Real men walk the talk – Lakemba White Ribbon Day Mark 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 24 November, 2015

REAL MEN WALK THE TALK – LAKEMBA WHITE RIBBON DAY MARCH 25TH NOVEMBER 2016

Lakemba’s Real Men Walk the Talk White Ribbon March

will be held on 25th November (White Ribbon Day) to help raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women.

The general public can march from Gilles St, Lakemba and finish at Parry Park, Lakemba.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

 

WHAT: REAL MEN WALK THE TALK – LAKEMBA WHITE RIBBON DAY MARCH 

WHEN: FRIDAY 25th November, 5:30Pm to 8:30Pm                                          

WHERE: GILLES STREET, LAKEMBA 

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY

SPECIAL GUESTS:            

  • PRU GOWARD – MINISTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT
  • THE HONOURABLE DAVID HURLEY AC DSC- GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES 
  • LIBBY DAVIES – CEO, WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA
  • ANDREW O’KEEFE – WHITE RIBBON AMBASSADOR
  • DAVID FIELD – ACTOR
  • GEORGE BASHA – DIRECTOR
  • WESTERN BULLDOGS

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR:
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

 

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Installation on Parliament Lawn Canberra remembering victims of Domestic Violence

November 21 2016

Installation on Parliament Lawn Canberra remembering victims of Domestic Violence

This year, as part of the annual White Ribbon Parliamentary Breakfast, a silhouette display will be installed on the front lawn of Parliament House recognising those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence.

On average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. Each victim will be symbolised by a black female corflute silhouette as a representation of these devastating statistics in Australia.

The display will be visible from Parliament House lawn from 7am, with the Annual Parliamentary Breakfast taking place from 7:30am on Wednesday 23rd November.

At the breakfast the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Malcolm Turnball MP, will be joined by the Leader of Opposition, the Hon. Mr Bill Shorten MP, the Leader of the Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies and Canada based Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, Dr Michael Kaufman as they come together to further their commitment to end men and boy’s violence against women and girls.

Despite these tragic figures, White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are a part of the solution to prevent men’s abuse of women.

White Ribbon engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

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Northern Beaches White Ribbon Day Walk 23rd November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 November, 2016

Northern Beaches White Ribbon Day Walk 23rd November 2016

The Northern Beaches Domestic Violence Network is hosting the first White Ribbon walk starting at Queenscliff Surf Club to the Corso Manly. Breakfast provided by The Lions Club of Manly, for a gold coin donation.

The general public are asked to wear a white t-shirt and walk along the beach front together as a community to raise awareness around Domestic and Family Violence on the Northern Beaches.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT: NORTHERN BEACHES WHITE RIBBON WALK

WHEN: WESNDESDAY 23RD November, 7:00 am to 9:00 am                                          

WHERE: QUEENSCLIFF SURF CLUB, N SYETNE & COLLINGWOOD STREET, MANLY, 2095 

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY

 

Website –  http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/events/sydney-white-ribbon-walk

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

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Victorian Governor’s White Ribbon Day Breakfast 25th November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 november, 2016

Victorian Governor’s White Ribbon Day Breakfast 25th November 2016

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The Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, has invited 700 guests to partake in the annual Victorian Governor’s White Ribbon Breakfast.

Co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, Dr Michael Kaufman will be amongst keynote speakers.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women.

We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT: VICTORIAN GOVERNER’S WHITE RIBBON DAY BREAKFAST

WHEN: FRIDAY 25TH November, 8:30 am to 10:00 am                                          

WHERE: GOVERNMENT HOUSE, GOVERNMENT HOUSE DRIVE, MELBOURNE, 3004

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY 

SPECIAL GUESTS:            

  • THE GOVERNOR OF VICTORIA, HER EXCELLENCY THE HONOURABLE LINDA DESSAU AM  
  • WHITE RIBBON FOUNDER, DR MICHAEL KAUFMAN
  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA, LIBBY DAVIES

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

 

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Sydney’s White Ribbon Day Walk 25th November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 November, 2016

Sydney White Ribbon Walk 25th November 2016

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Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk, now in its 5th year, will be held on 25th November (White Ribbon Day) to help raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women.

The general public are invited to walk with the NSW Police Force, Eastern Beaches Local Area Command and Randwick City Council from Highcross Park, Randwick to Grant reserve, Coogee Bay road (streets blocked off) followed by speeches at Coogee Bay Surf Club by White Ribbon Ambassadors and a free breakfast.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT: SYDNEY WHITE RIBBON WALK

WHEN: FRIDAY 25th November, 7:15am to 9am                                          

WHERE: GRANT RESERVE, CRN AVOCA STREET & COOGEE BAY ROAD, COOGEE NSW 2034 

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY

SPECIAL GUESTS:

  • MINISTER FOR THE PREVENTION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSULT, PRU GOWARD
  • THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, MR LUKE FOLEY
  • HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNER OF NEW SOUTH WALES, DAVID HURLEY & WIFE LINDA
  • WHITE RIBBON AMBASSADOR, ANDREW O’KEEFE 
  • WHITE RIBBON AMABASSADOR, SEAN KEENAN
  • EX RUGBY LEAGUE STAR, ANTHONY MINICHIELLO & WIFE TERRY BIVIANO                                               

Website –  http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/events/sydney-white-ribbon-walk

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694 – eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476 – mia@sbpr.com.au

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White Ribbon Twilight River Walk Friday 25th November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 November, 2016

White Ribbon Twilight River Walk Friday 25th November 2016

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The White Ribbon Twilight River Walk

will be held on 25th November (White Ribbon Day) to help raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. The general public can walk the 3.5km track and take part in the White Ribbon Oath.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women.

We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT:                                WHITE RIBBON TWLIGHT RIVER WALK 

WHEN:                                FRIDAY 25th November, 5:30PM TO 7:30PM                                          

WHERE:                              TRENCH RESERVE, PENRITH

PURPOSE:                           WHITE RIBBON DAY

 

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

 

 

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Sutherland Shire White Ribbon Day Walk Friday 25th November 2016

MEDIA ALERT – 21 november, 2016

Sutherland Shire White Ribbon Day Walk Friday 25th November 2016

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The Sutherland Shire White Ribbon Walk

will be held on 25th November (White Ribbon Day) to help raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. The event will start at Woolooware High School and finishing at Perryman Place Cronulla where a number of guest speakers will speak.

White Ribbon Australia is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of those men that perpetrate violence and disrespect, demand change and drive gender equality.

WHAT:  SUTHERLAND SHIRE WHITE RIBBON WALK 

WHEN: FRIDAY 25th November, 9:00 am to 1:00PM                                 

WHERE: DUNNINGHAM PARK, CRONULLA

PURPOSE: WHITE RIBBON DAY

For further information, images or an interview, please contact SBPR
Sally Burleigh on 0419 516 889 – sally@sbpr.com.au
Eliza Kearns on 0405 583 694– eliza@sbpr.com.au
Mia Hardman on 0423 878 476– mia@sbpr.com.au

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