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White Ribbon Day 2016 asks men to think about the women in their lives

White Ribbon Day is a national day for the prevention of violence against women occurring on
25 November. This year, White Ribbon Australia is asking men to stand up, speak out and act for the women in their lives, as violence against women is a man’s issue too.

One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual abuse perpetrated by someone known to them, and on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of domestic violence.

This White Ribbon Day, we ask communities across Australia to stand up, speak out, and act to prevent violence against women.

Who will you take the oath for this White Ribbon Day on 25 November?

Join the 1,000’s of men who have taken the oath for the women in their lives on our brand new White Ribbon Day page at www.whiteribbon.org.au/day. See who is taking the oath for their boss, their neighbour, the lady they sit next to on the bus or their colleague.

In the A Man’s Issue Too Campaign video, White Ribbon Ambassadors identify why they are taking the White Ribbon Oath. This is accessible at www.whiteribbon.org.au/day.

The media also play a vital role in helping to raise awareness of violence against women. White Ribbon invites journalists to play a part by featuring stories that focus attention on this issue.

White Ribbon is also encouraging media to wear a white ribbon on and around White Ribbon Day, November 25. If you, or members of your team, wish to wear a White Ribbon or would like to arrange an interview of someone with a personal story of violence or a White Ribbon Ambassador, then please contact Sally Burleigh at SBPR (details below). We ask that you make contact as soon as possible due to the number of enquiries at this time. A full list of White Ribbon Ambassadors available for interview can be provided.

For media enquiries please contact Sally Burleigh at SBPR:
E. sally@sbpr.com.au
Ph. 02 9281 1692
M. 0419 516 889

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White Ribbon Australia partners with Virgin Australia for the third year to prevent violence against women

 

Virgin Airlines Boarding Pass

Virgin Airlines Boarding Pass

White Ribbon has joined forces for the third year with leading Australian airline, Virgin Australia to raise awareness during the month of November of the issue of men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.

Virgin Australia has launched a month long activation to help drive awareness of the issue. Throughout November, the back of Virgin Australia boarding passes will encourage travelers to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women. The airline’s in-flight magazine, Voyeur, includes a White Ribbon on the cover and acknowledgement and support of the cause throughout. The airline will be conducting fundraising initiatives throughout their offices and selected airports around Australia.

White Ribbon Australia Chief Executive Officer, Libby Davies, said: “Virgin Australia’s partnership with White Ribbon Australia attests to the shared commitment of our organisations to preventing men’s violence against women.

“Virgin Australia is an innovative Australian airline with international reach and a strong workplace culture of engendering respect and equality. Together, we can promote White Ribbon’s message around the country through their exciting month-long initiative. Corporate partnerships like this are critical to driving violence prevention across the community. Violence against women is a national issue with an average of one woman a week killed by a current or former partner.” Ms Davies said.

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 Day is Friday 25 November 2016. For more information please visit; www.whiteribbon.org.au

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

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Groundbreaking research into White Ribbon Australia’s Ambassadors

In a global first, White Ribbon Australia has opened its Ambassador program up to researchers, with a team at the University of Wollongong independently evaluating why men become Ambassadors, their violence prevention activities, and the challenges they face in advocating to end violence against women.

Conducted by Kenton Bell and Claire E. Seaman, the project ‘Case Study of White Ribbon Australia’s Ambassador Program: Men as Allies to Prevent Men’s Violence against Women,’ shows the key role men can play in violence prevention, and provides support for White Ribbon’s overhaul of the Ambassador Program.

As part of this overhaul, White Ribbon is nearing completion of its ‘re-committal process’, which requires every Ambassador to reapply for their position, complete additional training on men’s violence against women, undergo further reference checks and submit to interviews with trained White Ribbon staff. Other initiatives include increasing the diversity of Ambassadors and providing year-round training.

The Ambassador program began in 2005 and provides men with a leadership role in engaging men in the prevention of violence against women. White Ribbon Ambassadors are formal representatives of White Ribbon Australia and are required to have the knowledge, skills, attributes and determination to influence Australian men to critically evaluate their attitudes and behaviours toward women.

The data in this national study was collected through an online survey completed by 296 Ambassadors and in-depth interviews with 86 Ambassadors.

Key findings:
1 in 2 men became a White Ribbon Ambassador after hearing stories about men’s violence against women.

“She was a good person and she had a lot to offer the world and she can no longer physically be here, so I feel that it’s just my responsibility to try and do whatever I can to ensure that ray of sunshine doesn’t completely extinguish.”

70% of Ambassadors felt a moral obligation to join a movement to end men’s violence against women.

“I want my daughter to have the same opportunities and level of safety in her life as my sons.”

The vast majority of men (74%) were committed to promoting gender equality prior to becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador, however, 40% report that being an Ambassador has changed how they relate to women. 85% of these men report that they are more conscious of promoting equality and equity in their personal and professional lives since becoming an Ambassador.

“I am no longer intimidated by the feminist movement, and no longer see that movement as a threat to my masculinity or male freedom! I feel I can stand side by side with strong women who have been fighting against gender inequality.”

83% of Ambassadors felt that White Ribbon enabled men to speak to other men about violence against women.

“I believe I am more likely to challenge men about the language they use and what they think is acceptable.”

Men place a high value on the Ambassador title. They want the position to be a rare honour bestowed only on men who continually prove their commitment to White Ribbon.

More information
Visit www.whiteribbon.org.au/understand-domestic-violence/research/ for a summary of the research report and the full White Ribbon response to the findings and recommendations.

To arrange an interview with White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies, contact Sally Burleigh: sally@sbpr.com.au or 0419 516 889

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Remote NT school shortlisted for national award with anti-violence video

Ngukurr School, a remote school in South East Arnhem Land, 320 kilometres southeast of Katherine, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the National Indigenous Music Awards for ‘Break the Silence’, a song about speaking out against domestic violence.

A collaboration between Ngukurr School, the Ngukurr Community Safe House for Women, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and White Ribbon Australia, the music video was created to break the silence and spread the word that violence against women is not acceptable.

“We are really excited to share this video. Domestic violence is an issue across the country and we hope the students’ message reaches other young people and their families,” said Ngukurr School senior teacher Olivia Desormeaux.

With the support of the community, the school prioritised teaching high school students the importance of healthy relationships and the dangers of domestic violence. The video gives expression to this work.

“We have a strong relationship with Ngukurr School and have worked with the teachers over a long period of time to educate students around respect for themselves and others. We hear the song being played in the community and you see the kids stop and talk about it. The community is very proud of our kids,” said community elder and remote Aboriginal community worker at the Ngukurr Community Safe House for Women, Cathy Huddleston.

Students drew from their classroom discussions on gender equality and respectful relationships for the powerful lyrics. The song calls out acts of violence, speaks of offering support to each other and emphasises that it takes a community effort to create change.

In the music video, Senior Cultural Advisor Robin Rogers delivers a message on the importance of respect in the local Kriol language, while the stunning backdrop of the Roper River country shows the place in which the conversation on domestic violence needs to start.

On average, one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner in Australia and one in four children is exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse. Indigenous females in the Northern Territory are almost 22 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non-Indigenous females.

“Schools and communities are critical in educating young people and breaking the cycle of violence. This music video is a powerful example of the ways in which they can join us in addressing complex social issues with young people in safe and sensitive ways,” said Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, the national movement engaging men to work alongside women to ‘make women’s safety a men’s issue too’.

The winners of the National Indigenous Music Awards will be announced on Saturday 6 August 2016.

“We truly believe that starting the conversation through song is the first step in breaking the cycle of domestic violence in the communities,” said co-director of Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, Dion Brownfield.

Ngukurr School, working with local services, continues to support students to learn, value and experience respectful relationships. White Ribbon, working with schools within the Katherine region, is delivering its Breaking the Silence Schools Program to expand this initiative.

 

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

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NT Department of Correctional Services Terminated as White Ribbon Workplace

In response to the ABC’s Four Corners investigation into the repeated assault and mistreatment of boys at youth detention centres in the Northern Territory,  the announcement of a royal commission and the dismissal of the Minister, the Northern Territory Department of Correctional Services has been terminated as an accredited White Ribbon Workplace.

Footage of the teargassing and torture of children in the Don Dale Youth Corrections Centre in Darwin shows unacceptable institutional conduct that contravenes the fundamental principles of White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation and White Ribbon’s zero tolerance of violence.

“The violence suffered by children and young people in the Darwin detention centre works to engender a culture of violence and disrespect and violates basic human rights,” said Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, Chair of White Ribbon Australia.

Last night’s broadcast, which contained footage of an Australian teenager being forcefully restrained on a chair and wearing a ‘spit hood’, and of boys being sprayed with tear gas after spending hours locked in solitary cells, is evidence of the violation of the responsibilities of an accredited White Ribbon Workplace and has resulted in termination of the accreditation.

“Workplaces have a critical role to play in setting standards of appropriate behaviour and holding perpetrators accountable for violence, by implementing policy and procedure, training staff in respectful behaviours, recognising the signs of abuse and intervening. This is essential and the department has failed to meet its obligations,” Professor Cowdery said.

As part of the accreditation process, organisations take part in a rigorous, internationally recognised program, which has reached almost half a million Australian adults through their jobs. They are required to make a number of changes, including the provision of leave to staff experiencing violence, codes of conduct, support services and staff training.

The total number of Australian employers that have attained accreditation is 64, including some in the traditionally male industries of stevedoring, mining and construction.

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The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women. In Australia, White Ribbon’s prevention work engages men and boys to lead social change through its programs in schools, sporting codes, workplaces and communities. White Ribbon Night is one of the organisation’s two major annual campaigns, alongside White Ribbon Day on 25 November.

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

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South Australian departments gain accreditation as White Ribbon Workplaces

15 July 2016: A state government has committed to working to end violence against women, with a suite of 11 South Australian departments gaining accreditation as White Ribbon Workplaces today.

Over 18 months, 20 workplaces nationally, including South Australia’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Attorney General’s Department, Department of Correctional Services and SA Police, took part in the rigorous, internationally recognised program, which now has reached almost half a million Australian adults through their jobs.

As part of the accreditation process, organisations are required to make a number of changes, including the provision of leave to staff experiencing violence, codes of conduct, support services and staff training.

The new complement of White Ribbon Workplaces brings the total number of Australian employers that have attained accreditation to 65, including those in the traditionally male industries of stevedoring, mining and construction. Organisations already accredited include Telstra and the Australian Army.

Victorian, Northern Territory, Queensland and ACT government agencies have also successfully completed the program, together with BaptistCare in NSW and the ACT, Australian Hearing Services, Southern Cross Care Victoria, Australian Civil-Military Centre, and the KWY 147 Aboriginal Consultancy.

Real change can come about through addressing domestic violence via workplaces. Around 1.4 million Australian women are or have been in an abusive relationship, with about 800,000 of them currently in the paid workforce.

“Most organisations employ perpetrators and victims of domestic violence at one time or another. These White Ribbon Workplaces are walking the talk of violence prevention,” said Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia.

“Disclosing an experience of violence to supervisors can be traumatic for victims and an unhelpful response significantly reduces the likelihood a person will disclose again. It can also be a stressful time for bosses receiving the news. Training is critical to safely intervening, whether it be by calling out staff who are displaying disrespectful behaviours or recognising the signs of abuse and getting help for staff.”

The full list of newly accredited White Ribbon Workplaces: South Australian Government’s Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Attorney General’s Department, Department of Correctional Services, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Department for Education and Child Development, Department of Health and Ageing, Department of State Development, Department of Treasury and Finance, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Department of Primary Industries and Regions, and SA Police. BaptistCare in NSW and the ACT, the ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate, the Northern Territory’s Department of Local Government and Community Services, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Australian Hearing Services, Southern Cross Care Victoria, the Victoria Government’s Department of Justice and Regulation, KWY 147 Aboriginal Consultancy and Australian Civil-Military Centre.
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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 White Ribbon in Australia is a recognised symbol of zero tolerance to violence against women.

 

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

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Homeless, Not Houseless: Violence Against Women Leads to Rising Rates of Homelessness

Domestic violence is causing rising rates of homelessness for women and children with many unable to live in the houses they have because the risk of abuse is too great, according to White Ribbon Australia.

White Ribbon is dedicated to highlighting the scourge of violence against women and working to prevent it from occurring at all. It seeks to create a change in culture that allows this violence to take place and an Australia in which violence against women is no longer misunderstood, excused or joked about.

View the full media release to see how White Ribbon will work with the community to stop domestic violence this White Ribbon Night and beyond.

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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Federal Election 2016: Call to Parties

White Ribbon Australia has released a Federal Election 2016 Call to Parties. We call on all political parties and representatives to commit to primary prevention initiatives that stop men’s violence against women before it starts. Download the Call to Parties here.

Women and girls in Australia experience unacceptable levels of violence and abuse. While this has been condemned by politicians, we need serious and coordinated action to stop men’s violence against women.

Government must support established and proven violence prevention initiatives to create the cultural change we need to end men’s violence against women.

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 message from the Chair to the Editor of Daily Telegraph

White Ribbon Australia recognises Nina Funnell’s experience as a survivor of men’s violence against women and supports her right to voice her views, as per her column in today’s Daily Telegraph. I write to address some of the criticisms and inaccuracies directed at us.

The comments made by Collingwood president Eddie McGuire last Monday about Fairfax journalist Caroline Wilson on Triple M are symptomatic of a culture which normalises attitudes and behaviours that promote the disrespect of women that at the most pointy end results in violence against women.

Words have power and we need our media outlets to be leaders in promoting words that drive respect and gender equality. Understanding the power of words and their appropriate use in driving respect and gender equality is why White Ribbon is conducting training of Triple M on-air staff, including McGuire, in July. This training exemplifies the primary prevention work of White Ribbon. Nina misunderstands and inaccurately portrays the critical primary prevention role of White Ribbon. She also inaccurately fails to understand the advocacy work we undertake to see better resourcing of services to support those who experience domestic violence. Our work is based on a sound research, best practice and independently evaluated approach.

At White Ribbon we believe in behaviour change. We are dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours at the core of men’s abuse of women. Our primary prevention programs focus on driving attitudinal and behavioural change to stop violence before it starts. White Ribbon Ambassadors are men who speak out to address sexism, lack of respect and attitudes that can lead to men’s violence against women. The inclusion of a former perpetrator in the program is considered if he speaks from a position of reform and rehabilitation. The message from such a position can be powerful when directed to men, especially those who continue to perpetrate violence against women.

White Ribbon Workplaces are part of the award winning accreditation program that has reached half a million Australian employees and helps to create safer and more respectful workplaces, including those in traditionally male-dominated industries.

White Ribbon’s ‘Breaking the Silence’ Schools Program introduces models of respectful relationships into the school curriculum, giving staff and students an understanding of gender stereotyping and harmful behaviours.

These are just some of the tangible programs run by White Ribbon that with time will lead to a lowering of the need for frontline services. That is the Australia we hope for.

Nick Cowdery AM QC

Chair

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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