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Silver Status: White Ribbon proud to partner with L’Oreal Australia

White Ribbon is proud to announce  L’Oréal Australia has joined the campaign to prevent violence against women by becoming a Silver Sponsor.

L’Oréal Australia is focused on building the confidence of women and believes strongly in developing a nation that respects all women and allows them to live in safety, free from all forms of abuse.

Recently the L’Oréal Group was ranked Number 1 worldwide by Equileap for commitment to women’s empowerment and gender balance in the workforce. As a company L’Oréal Australia employs over 900 people nationwide and fosters a culture where both men and women thrive.

“The work White Ribbon does in Australia is vitally important to changing societal attitudes and behaviours, and we are pleased to be able to support this cause. As a male leader of a large Australian company, I am standing up, speaking out and acting to end men’s violence against women,” says Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director, L’Oréal Australia.

Through Silver 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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Media contact: Eliza Arrowsmith, Marketing and Communication Manager on (02) 9045 8444

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White Ribbon’s statement in response to Turnbull Government’s strengthening of Australian Citizenship

“The Prime Minister is on the right track defending the fundamental right of every woman and child to live free from violence and abuse. Violence against women and children is not tolerated in Australia,” said Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon, in response to the Turnbull Government’s announcement that future citizen tests will focus heavily on respect for women and children, with possible questions about child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.

“All Australian citizens are obliged, legally, ethically and morally, to behave in a manner that is respectable at all times.

“We aim to build a nation that allows for each and every woman and child to live in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse.

“We need to engage men in this issue and make women’s safety a man’s priority.

“In 2013-14 6,500 women and girls were hospitalised in Australia due to assault from a partner or spouse. Even one hospitalisation is too many.

“Most men recognise this and more are speaking out and acting to stop domestic and family violence across our diverse community.

“We place particular importance on educating men and having men speak with other men about violence against women and children.

“It is up to all men, together with women, to stand up, speak out and act to build a society based on respect, fairness and equality.”

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Media: Irina Kamychnikova 0426 221 550

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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Response to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Domestic Violence leading cause to hospitalised assault among girls and women

CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies said, “This is the sad daily reality of domestic violence in Australia”.

“These figures are alarming and inexcusable; however not surprising.

“This report paints a disturbing picture for women between 20 and 34 years of age. Each year across Australia, 2,500 women in this age bracket experience physical violence to the level where they are being hospitalised[1].

These figures are likely to be a significant underestimate of women’s experiences of violence. Not all women will disclose their relationship to the perpetrator on presentation to hospital, and even more women will not go to hospital at all. Physical violence resulting in injury is just one form of violence and abuse that women experience. Verbal, social and financial abuse also causes significant harm to Australian women.

The new information we have today is a reminder of how far we have to go in ending men’s violence against women. It is critical men who chose to use violence are held accountable. All men can and must take responsibility for their role by being part of the solution alongside the women who are impacted.

“Most men recognise that any form of abuse or violence against their partner or spouse is unacceptable, and we need these men to stand up, speak out and act to build a society where these statistics are no longer our reality.”

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AIHW – report overview: http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129559194

Media: Irina Kamychnikova 0426 221 550

[1] Figures are based on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report: Domestic violence leading cause of hospitalised assault among girls and women and ABS 31010DO002_201603 Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2016

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’s statement in response to the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia video

White Ribbon’s statement in response to the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia video

CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies, said in response to the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia that violence in any relationship is unacceptable.

“This video is abhorrent, it is not in keeping with the fundamental right of every woman to live free from violence and abuse.”

“Respectful relationships regardless of culture are built on mutual respect and it is never okay to use violence in any relationship.”

“The use of violence is about power and control and positions women as objects and not as equals.”

“It is an abuse of their fundamental right to be treated with equality and respect.  Most men recognise this and more are speaking out and acting to stop domestic and family violence across our diverse community.”

“It is up to all men, together with women, to stand up, speak out and act to build a society based on respect, fairness and equality”

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Media: Irina Kamychnikova 0426 221 550

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 appoints Primary Communication to help stand up against violence

White Ribbon appoints Primary to help stand up against violence

White Ribbon Australia announced a major new partnership with Primary Communication to support the ongoing delivery of violence prevention campaigns working to educate and reduce the alarming levels of violence towards women in Australia.

Primary Communication will provide an integrated communication framework to raise awareness of White Ribbon and its extensive grassroots prevention programs across workplaces, schools and communities.

The fact that in Australia, over a twelve month period, at least one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence, and one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by someone they know,  must be changed. Primary will drive a whole of community campaign approach to build engagement with men, boys, government and corporate leaders and key community stakeholders.

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White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies said:
“We welcome Primary Communication on board to work with us on continuing to  focus White Ribbon’s voice, enhancing our advocacy and prevention work and supporting men’s engagement to take action to stop men’s violence against women.”

Primary Communication’s Chief Counsel, Jenny Muir said:
“We are looking forward to working with White Ribbon to progress raising awareness of the devastating issues surrounding violence against women in Australia. Building a future free from violence and abuse requires diligent and creative campaigns across the community. Primary is proud to join White Ribbon at such a crucial period in Australia’s approach to this issue.”

“Primary is experienced in exposing highly sensitive, whole of community issues that need to engage difficult public conversations and secure critical behaviour change.

Primary Communication background in communicating social issues:

White Ribbon Australia is the latest addition to Primary Communication’s social issues portfolio which includes the Butterfly Foundation, ReachOut, Young and Well CRC, Mental Health Australia, Mental Health Commission NSW, and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

They will build on strong advocacy and social issues communication platform in Australia supporting mental and population health, youth, immigration, education, and social housing programs over the past twenty years.

 

For all media enquiries relating to White Ribbon Australia, please contact Jenny Muir, jmuir@primary-pr.com or Irina Kamychnikova, ikamychnikova@primary-pr.com. Alternatively, please phone Jenny or Irina on 02 9212 3888.

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White Ribbon recognises Tasmania’s efforts to end men’s violence against women

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MEDIA RELEASE & MEDIA INVITE

20 Mar. 17

MEDIA RELEASE:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

White Ribbon recognises Tasmania’s efforts to end men’s violence against women

Tasmanian men and women, workplaces, schools, women’s services, clubs and government departments are leading community initiatives to end men’s violence against women.

On 23 March 2017, White Ribbon Australia is hosting an event in Hobart that will recognise these efforts and launch a new research paper by academics Professor Bob Pease, from the University of Tasmania, and Dr Ann Carrington from James Cook University, Cairns.

Tasmanian Police Commissioner Darren Hine will open the event. Speakers will include:

  • Professor Bob Pease and Dr Ann Carrington
  • Simone O’Brien, survivor of intimate partner violence and White Ribbon Advocate
  • Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia

Violence against women is an issue in every Australian community, and Tasmania is no exception. Liam Dooley, Executive Manager of Committees and Community Development at White Ribbon Australia said: ‘one in three women have experienced violence from someone they know, and on average one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner. No matter how often you hear these statistics, they are always shocking.’

The event will bring together people committed to changing these statistics and learning more about how men can be part of the solution. It will also celebrate the establishment of the Southern Tasmania White Ribbon Committee, a group of men and women committed to driving social change in their communities to end men’s violence against women.

‘The establishment of the Southern Tasmania White Ribbon Committee is another great example of how community momentum to end men’s violence against women is building in Tasmania’ said Liam Dooley. ‘We are seeing more and more individuals and organisations from across the community come together to advocate for social change. It is inspiring and has the potential to support local efforts addressing this serious social issue.’

White Ribbon Ambassadors and representatives from Tasmania’s 8 Accredited and participating White Ribbon Workplaces will also attend the event.

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MEDIA INVITE:

White Ribbon Australia invites media to attend the event:

Date: Thursday 23 March 2017

Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM

Location: Merino Room, The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart

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Women’s Reproductive Rights: White Ribbon Australia Position Statement

Women’s Reproductive Rights: White Ribbon Australia Position Statement

White Ribbon Australia believes that all women should have complete control over their reproductive and sexual health.

We take this position because:

  • We are opposed to all forms of control, violence and abuse. Restricting or denying a woman the autonomy to make decisions about her body is an attempt to maintain power and control over a woman. This is also known as reproductive coercion[i].
  • Sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights. Denying a woman access to contraception and abortion is a denial of basic rights to health care. It impacts on a woman achieving economic and sexual self-determination and having full access to education and employment[ii]. It is a woman’s right to choose if and when she gets pregnant. It is a woman’s right to seek an abortion.
  • Women want access to abortion and control over their reproductive rights[iii].
  • Criminalisation of abortion and restricted access to abortion and birth control (through high cost and limited availability) endanger women’s physical and emotional health and wellbeing[iv].
  • It is consistent with community attitudes on abortion, with most Australians being pro-choice. The 2003 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes found that the vast majority of Australians are pro-choice, including 77% of people who identify as religious[v].

Because of this, we advocate for:

  • Decriminalisation of abortion, for example we support the It’s Not 1899 Campaign by Pro Choice Queensland.
  • Nationally consistent access to safe and legal abortion, including late-term abortion in all states and territories, removing uncertainty for women and health professionals.
  • Provision of abortion through the public health system in all states and territories.
  • Cost and travel support for women who want an abortion. This is especially vital for women in rural and remote areas, and women experiencing financial abuse.
  • Full access to affordable, long-acting and reversible contraception.
  • Financial and social support for pregnant women who want to continue the pregnancy and remain in or leave an abusive relationship.
  • Respectful relationships education for young people that includes sexuality education.
  • Training for health professionals and the domestic violence sector in identifying and responding to reproductive coercion.
  • Post-abortion support for women who need it.
  • Recognition of reproductive coercion as an example of domestic violence in state and territory laws.

Violence and pregnancy

Intimate partner violence has a range of health consequences for women. This includes sexually transmitted infections, unintended and unwanted pregnancy, abortion and unsafe abortion, and pregnancy complications[vi].

Research indicates that unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections are more common among women experiencing domestic violence[vii]. Pregnancy is also a trigger for domestic violence to first occur: of women who have experienced violence during pregnancy by a previous partner since the age of 15, 25% indicated that the violence first occurred during the pregnancy[viii].

This violence can be related to reproductive coercion. Reproductive coercion is any behaviour, physical and emotional, aimed at establishing and maintaining power and control by restricting a woman’s reproductive autonomy, denying her control over decisions related to her reproductive health and limiting her access to reproductive health options.

Perpetrator behaviours include:

  • Pregnancy pressure, for example a man accusing a woman of not wanting to be pregnant because she doesn’t love him or because she wants to continue alleged affairs.
  • Contraceptive sabotage, for example destroying birth control pills or condoms, rape, controlling finances and restricting a woman’s access to birth control, insisting on unprotected sex.
  • Pregnancy outcome control, for example pressuring a woman to continue a pregnancy or pressuring a woman to end a pregnancy[ix].

While some women in violent, controlling and abusive relationships may be forced to have an abortion by their partners, there is no sound data on the prevalence of this in Australia[x]. Just as a woman should not be forced to continue an unwanted pregnancy, a woman should never be forced to have an abortion. A woman’s choice and autonomy are paramount.

To download this media release, click here.

Acknowledgements

White Ribbon Australia thanks Children by Choice for assisting with the formulation of this position statement. You can learn more about reproductive coercion on their website: https://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/factsandfigures/reproductivecoercion

[i] Children by Choice. (2016). Violence and Pregnancy. Available: https://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/factsandfigures/violenceandpregnancy

[ii] Kerr, K. (2014). ‘Queensland Abortion Laws: Criminalising one in three women’ QUT Law Review. 14 (2):15-35, p.24. Available: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/QUTLawRw/2014/12.pdf

[iii] Betts, K. (2004). ‘Attitudes to Abortion in Australia: 1972 to 2003’. People and Place. 22. Available: http://researchbank.swinburne.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/swin:62

[iv] Kerr, op. cit., p.31.

[v] Betts, op. cit.

[vi] https://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/factsandfigures/violenceandpregnancy#r1

[vii] Miller, E. (2010). ‘Reproductive coercion: Connecting the dots between partner violence and unintended pregnancy’ Contraception 81 (6): 457-459.

[viii] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety Survey, Australia, 2012. Canberra: ABS. Table 27.

[ix] For more information on reproductive coercion, visit: https://www.childrenbychoice.org.au/images/downloads/MelbConfPosterPamReproCoercion_final.pdf

[x] Children by Choice, op. cit.

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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Response to Northern Territory news regarding to Endeavour Group partnership

Please find below our position in relation to White Ribbon and Endeavour Drinks Group partnership which addresses community queries.

The partnership between White Ribbon Australia and the Endeavour Drinks Group was approved by the Board after a process of extensive stakeholder and research consultation. We are conscious that some supporters regard this partnership as controversial. We informed all supporters about this partnership.

Endeavour Drinks Group (EDG) have been supporting the work of White Ribbon since June 2013 to express their commitment to the prevention of violence against women. One of the main drivers for the establishment of this relationship was to “go where the problem is”. With millions of Australians visiting BWS/Dan Murphy’s each year, the partnership provides an opportunity to reach the community and continue to bring violence against women into the open, to talk about it and help prevent it from happening.

Our partnership with EDG is based on ethical engagement, sound research and an informed understanding of the issue of men’s violence against women and its link with alcohol. It is a relationship between a large retail group and White Ribbon Australia as part of the broader strategy to engage the community at large and men in particular, at times and places that extend the reach of the campaign into contexts that are difficult to reach.

Across November, EDG retailers, Dan Murphy’s and BWS invited customers to make a donation at the point of sale. EDG committed to matching dollar for dollar, donations from their customers. Our campaign message is clear and unarguable: Alcohol is not an excuse for violence. There is no excuse. Within the limits of what is possible to convey with the time and means available at such points of sale, we believe that the displayed message in its context provides a focus on the link between alcohol and violence. Alcohol is not the underlying driver of violence against women. Men always have a choice; not all people who drink are violent, and many people who do not drink are violent. The proceeds that were raised by this initiative (including the Endeavour Drinks Group contribution) will be applied fully to programs aimed at young men at risk of alcohol abuse and abuse by violence.

Alcohol increases the likelihood and severity of violence and patterns of alcohol consumption in the Northern Territory make it a significant factor there. It is precisely for those reasons that White Ribbon Australia decided to target point of sale with key messaging that may be effective with men purchasing alcohol. Our message was on display and targeted to men at risk of alcohol-fuelled violence.

White Ribbon Australia is in no way denying a link between alcohol and violence – we are acknowledging the fact and seeking to contact men who may be at risk of causing the one to lead to the other. Nor is WRA supporting or encouraging the consumption of alcohol – we accept that it occurs and seek to use that circumstance to the advantage of our mission.

Research demonstrates that the relationship between alcohol and violence is the result of a complex interaction of a number of variables eg physical effect, individual characteristics, the drinking environment and societal attitudes and values. To address this issue associated with alcohol dependency and fuelled violence requires more than a focus on the activities of alcohol distributors.

To prevent violence against women requires engaging with the public at places where they live, work and play.

Alcohol does not itself drive violence against women. However, the contribution of alcohol to increased perpetration is significant in the context of social norms and practices that condone or support violence against women, in particular those relating to masculinity and masculine peer group behaviour.

White Ribbon is committed to engaging with people across the community to obtain maximum reach on the key messaging on stopping violence against women in places where they live, work and play.

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 Day a reminder for all Australians

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MEDIA RELEASE

Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash
Minister for Women
Minister for Employment
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon. Christian Porter
Minister for Social Services

25 November 2016

White Ribbon Day a reminder for all Australians

Today marks White Ribbon Day, also known as International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women — an opportunity to reflect on how all Australians can work together to prevent and respond to violence against women.

Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, commended the thousands of people who have taken an oath to stand up, speak out and act to prevent violence against women.

“The White Ribbon movement has played an important role in promoting cultural change and encouraging people to challenge unacceptable language and behaviour,” Minister Cash said.

“The Turnbull Government has made women’s safety a national priority, with significant work underway to change behaviours, better support survivors of family violence and hold perpetrators to account.”

Last month the Commonwealth, state and territory governments came together to launch the Third Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 – a national approach to addressing violence against women and children, informed by a growing body of research and data.

The plan outlines 36 practical actions across six national priority areas, including prevention and early intervention, greater support for women and children experiencing violence, supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children, responding to children living with violence, holding perpetrators to account, and responding to sexual violence as a key component of women’s safety.

“We been listening carefully to those on the ground, with the majority of this $100 million package allocated to frontline services, Indigenous services, dispute resolution and court-based support services,” Minister Cash said.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the package complemented the $100 million Women’s Safety Package announced last September, which has improved training for frontline workers, trialled integrated service delivery and boosted educational resources for young people.

“A key component of this package was an expansion of 1800RESPECT, the national domestic and family violence and sexual assault counselling and support service, to respond to an increase in demand of the service through introduction of a first response triage model,” he said.

“Initial data shows that, since the introduction of the new model, the average call wait time has decreased from over ten minutes to 35 seconds – an example of practical support making a huge difference to women seeking support.

“Everyone needs to play a role in addressing this issue – that’s why we are also working closely with state and territory governments through COAG on a range of initiatives, including the launch of the national campaign ‘Stop it at the Start’ in April this year to change attitudes and behaviours; and progressing the development of a national Domestic Violence Order Scheme.

“Australian women and their children have the right to feel safe at all times, no matter where they are. This White Ribbon Day we urge all Australians to consider how they can change attitudes and behaviour to end violence against women.”

For more information on what the Australian Government is doing to address violence against women, visit plan4womenssafety.dss.gov.au

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000. For sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling services call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au

Media Contacts
Minister Cash: David De Garis 0427 019 692
Minister Porter: Kevin Donnellan 0408 491 956; Aimee Jones 0413 016 332

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