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Youth Advisory Group (YAG) Applications Now Open

Applications for the White Ribbon Australia Youth Advisory Group (YAG) are now open!

White Ribbon are looking for people aged 15 to 24 years old, who are passionate about promoting respectful relationships and preventing men’s violence against women. YAG members will advise and support the White Ribbon Australia movement over the coming year. If this is you, or someone you know, apply now.

Applications will be accepted between Monday 27 August until Friday 21 September, 2018. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact our Youth Team at youth@whiteribbon.org.au.

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LINX Cargo Care Group partner with White Ribbon Australia

LINX Cargo Care Group partner with White Ribbon AustraliaWhite Ribbon Australia is proud to announce that LINX Cargo Care Group has partnered with White Ribbon Australia as a Bronze Sponsor, demonstrating it’s dedication to the prevention of men’s violence against women in Australia.

LINX Cargo Care Group brings together the capabilities of four market-leading operations built on over 100 years of ports and logistics experience. They own a formidable network of ports and logistics expertise, with strategically positioned assets throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Anthony Jones, LINX Cargo Care Group CEO, said LINX is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of White Ribbon Australia.

“White Ribbon Australia seeks to create a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. As an organisation that believes firmly in equality and a safe working environment for absolutely everyone, LINX Cargo Care Group proudly supports White Ribbon Australia and their goals through the LINX Foundation. We stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.”

Through Bronze 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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DP World Australia partners with White Ribbon as a Silver Sponsor

DP World AustraliaWhite Ribbon Australia is proud to announce that DP World Australia has continued its commitment to preventing men’s violence against women by becoming a Silver Sponsor.

DP World Australia is the leading container terminal stevedore in Australia, a critical link in the cargo logistics chain with a unique set of assets, machinery, skills and experience. Each year, the company creates a clear path for 1700 ships, 1.5 million trucks and 3100 trains across Australia.

DP World Australia first attained White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation in 2015 and is currently undertaking reaccreditation with White Ribbon’s Workplaces Team. White Ribbon is proud to be both working with the company’s workforce through the accreditation program and to receive its support as a Silver Sponsor.

Paul Scurrah, DP World Australia’s Managing Director and CEO, said DP World Australia is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of White Ribbon Australia.

“With a male workforce of 92 percent, it was an easy decision to align with White Ribbon, the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women.

As an accredited workplace, our sponsorship with White Ribbon reinforces our commitment to playing an active role in preventing violence against women.

We are proud to be part of the change needed to build greater equality and respect between men and women, and work to reduce attitudes in society that support violence,” he said.

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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Western Australia Indigenous and Multicultural Workshops Recap

In May 2018, Sunila Kotwal traveled to Western Australia on behalf of White Ribbon Australia, running workshops to engage with ethnically diverse communities to take a leadership role to prevent men’s violence against women. Sunila shares with us her experience of this Western Australia tour.

Western Australia Workshop with African communitiesThis Western Australia trip allowed me an opportunity to engage with Indigenous and multicultural communities on behalf of White Ribbon Australia. I ran a series of workshops during my trip that were insightful and inspiring. During the trip, I engaged with the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI), Department of Home Affairs, White Ribbon Ambassador and former WA Committee Chair Andre De Barr, Aboriginal Ambassador Wayne Wood (Branch Secretary of Australian Services Union WA), Ambassadors Joe Tuazama and Ibrahim Kebe, and the WA Police.

Indigenous engagement

At the beginning of the trip, I delivered two workshops with the Aboriginal organisations Jacaranda Community Center and Moorditj Koort (Healthy Heart) Aboriginal Health and Wellness Center, engaging with the health workers. These health workers came up with ideas to spread awareness of preventing men’s violence against women, such as having messages on the back of buses and playing White Ribbon videos at pubs to bring this issue on the forefront of people’s mind.

Embodying this year’s NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her, we can’, the workshop participants looked at ways to teach their sons and men from their families to build respectful relationships with their wives, partners and daughters, ensuring that the cycle of violence was broken and it did not pass on to the next generation.

Multicultural engagement

The next set of workshops were with multicultural communities. I facilitated four workshops across two days with Karen, Chinese, Muslim and Indian communities.

Karen

WA Workshops with Karen communities

Karen people live in Myanmar, Thailand and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (India). In this  workshop, I engaged with Karen community leaders who had identified the problem of family violence and wanted it to change. The enterprising Secretary of Karen Welfare Association filmed participants taking the White Ribbon Oath during the break, speaking in English, Burmese and Karen. The Karen community is proactive, and want to engage with the White Ribbon social change movement by becoming Supporters, Ambassadors and Advocates.

Chinese

WA Workshop with Chinese communities

This was our very first opportunity to engage with members of the Chinese community in Western Australia. Participants began to open up when I pointed out the similarities of the issues faced by migrants in the new country such as a lack of awareness of support services for the victims. They also learned about how White Ribbon, as a primary prevention agency, can engage with silent bystanders to ensure that abusive and violent behaviour is prevented before it can occur. By the end of the workshop, the participants were keen to make a difference within their communities.

Muslim

WA Workshops with the Muslim community

The third workshop was with the Muslim community and was organised in the morning to observe Ramadan. They were active participants and every single person in this group said that their role model was Mohammad, the Prophet.

Everything that was discussed, was related back to the Quran: this is what the Prophet did, this is what his wife did; he respected his wives and their viewpoints, he took advice from them, and the Quran does not teach violence. Relating the messages to their religious scriptures made the messages more relatable. It was insightful for me to engage with such a devout religious group. The Muslim community was open, articulate and ready to engage.

Indian

The final  workshop was with the Indian community. The President of the Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA) is very committed to preventing violence within the community. This was the first time the people had come together to talk about domestic violence. The Indian Consul General Mr. Amit Kumar Mishra attended the event, highlighting the importance of this issue. White Ribbon Advocate Madhuri Mathisen spoke at length, not only sharing her experience as a survivor but also offering her support to the community as a counsellor. Overall, the Indian community members showed willingness to take leadership and work collaboratively. ISWA has already organised their first event ‘Men’s Breakfast’ on 1 July 2018.

Summary

My main takeaway was unfortunately how prevalent domestic violence is in every community. Some communities have taken initiative to stop this, while it is still a taboo topic within some communities. With cultural awareness and sensitivity, identifying specific issues and initiatives for each community,  customizing the delivery of the messages, it is possible to engage with these communities and encourage them to take leadership to stop men’s violence against women. After all, who does not want a happy family and healthy, well rounded children?

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Author, Sunila Kotwal, is White Ribbon Australia’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager. She is of Indian background and has been with the organisation for two and a half years. Sunila works across the different programs at White Ribbon, embedding diversity and inclusion into all the organisation’s work to reflect Australia’s diverse community needs.

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Chair of White Ribbon Australia announces new CEO

White Ribbon Chair appoints TracyMcLeod Howe as new CEO of White Ribbon Australia.

White Ribbon Chair appoints Tracy McLeod Howe as new CEO of White Ribbon Australia.

 

This morning, White Ribbon Australia Chair Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, announced the appointment of the organisation’s new CEO, Tracy McLeod Howe, following the retirement of Libby Davies AM, effective 5th July 2018.

Ms McLeod Howe brings with her extensive experience and expertise in government and non-government settings, including previous roles as CEO of the NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS), CEO of Domestic Violence NSW and senior legal advisor to the Federal Government.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms McLeod Howe as the new CEO of White Ribbon Australia. Her experience at Domestic Violence NSW and most recently at NCOSS will be of great benefit to the organisation and to our campaign as a social movement working to end men’s violence against women,” Mr Cowdery said.

“Ms McLeod Howe brings with her a wealth of knowledge in this sector, having worked in frontline women’s and children’s domestic and family services and having served on a number of advisory committees, including the NSW Government’s Social Impact Investment Expert Advisory Group and the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council. Ms McLeod Howe was also the NSW non-government representative on the National Plan Implementation Panel for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.”

Mr Cowdery says that White Ribbon Australia will continue to build on its internationally recognised and well validated foundations. “We will continue to deliver and expand on our programs that, through best practice and well-developed program logic, are creating positive social change and making a difference in this vital area of social policy and practice.

“As CEO of White Ribbon Australia for the past seven years Ms Davies has been responsible for growing this critical social change movement to be the leading organization for reducing violence against women and families in Australia. Libby has played a central role in advocating for the need to engage and motivate men to stand beside women to prevent men’s violence against women.

Her stewardship has been supported by her thorough working knowledge of the way the causes of violence against women interconnect, the root causes of gender inequality, and of the domestic and family violence policy landscape,” Mr Cowdery said.

Ms McLeod Howe has thanked outgoing CEO Libby Davies AM. “Ms Davies’ commitment to driving social change in this field is truly admirable. I am looking forward to continuing to build on the organisation’s foundations as developed and strengthened by Ms Davies.”

The White Ribbon Australia Board are looking forward to officially welcoming Ms McLeod Howe when she commences on the 16th July.

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Expressions of interest open for Fatherhood Program Expert Reference Group

About the White Ribbon Australia Fatherhood Program

With the support of the Australian Government, White Ribbon Australia is launching the Fatherhood Program. For many men, fatherhood is a time of transformation that inspires a deeper understanding about the importance of their role to act as positive agents of social change.

This whole-of-community program will be engaging men – as fathers, soon to be fathers, or those in father figure roles – to model and foster positive and respectful attitudes and behaviours towards girls and women. White Ribbon Australia will be engaging men from all cultural backgrounds across Australia through their involvement in White Ribbon Australia events and programs and interactions with White Ribbon Australia Ambassadors.

Expert Reference Group (Voluntary)

The ‘Expert Reference Group’ will be established to guide the development and implementation of the White Ribbon Australia Fatherhood Program Activity Work Plan. For the full position description click here.

How to apply

Expression of Interest (EOI) for the White Ribbon Australia Fatherhood Program ‘Expert Reference Group’ must be lodged by Saturday 30th June 2018 with Ron Mitchell, Fatherhood Program Coordinator, White Ribbon Australia, via email on: ron.mitchell@whiteribbon.org.au

The EOI should include:

  • A brief CV/resume outlining your relevant experience and qualifications.
  • A brief statement addressing the following selection criteria (1-2 pages).
  • The name and contact details of a referee who has worked with you professionally.

Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated expertise in various aspects of the prevention of men’s violence against women.
  • The commitment to inclusive practices that engage with and educate men in a national campaign.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of innovative training programs and resources.
  • The commitment to maintain confidentially while sharing information, ideas and expertise.

Process

All EOIs received by the due date will be evaluated against the selection criteria by White Ribbon Australia and the applicants will be informed about the outcome.

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AFL Victoria (VFL) and White Ribbon Australia partnering to end men’s violence against women

The AFL (Victoria) White Ribbon Collaboration Launch

The AFL (Victoria) Season Launch Announcement | White Ribbon Australia Sports Team with VFL CEO Steven Reaper

 

With the launch of AFL Victoria’s Corporate Social Responsibility program earlier this year, White Ribbon Australia has been chosen as one of the four charities for the CSR program focus. This new collaboration with AFL Victoria will create numerous opportunities for White Ribbon Australia to work alongside the league to address the issue of men’s violence against women that is prevalent within Australia.

The partnership will bring together clubs across the state participating in White Ribbon Rounds throughout the season in order to increase awareness to players, staff and supporters. The first White Ribbon Round for 2018 took place on Saturday, the 5th of May where the Frankston Dolphins played against the Northern Blues. The players wore white arms bands in solidarity with women who have died at the hands of a current or former partner. White Ribbon Ambassador, Glenn Buesnel-May, opened the event recognising the importance of such community and sports collaboration to end men’s violence against women. This White Ribbon Round raised over $500 for White Ribbon programs in Victoria kicking off the partnership between the VFL and White Ribbon Australia on a very positive note.

The VFL’s commitment to the White Ribbon social change movement will work to raise awareness of the importance of respectful relationships among codes, clubs, members and fans. AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper understands the collaborative importance stating that “We know that football plays a powerful role in Victorian culture and the four themed rounds will enable us to utilise the strength of the Victorian football community to support and promote these causes.”

The other themed rounds will be supporting charities Fight MND, beyondblue, and Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF). The next White Ribbon Round will be held on the weekend of August 4th.

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As the Suzanne Grae and White Ribbon Partnership ends we acknowledge the outstanding legacy of Suzanne Grae’s contribution.

Suzanne Grae has been a proud supporter and advocate of White Ribbon Australia since October 2008.  Staff, store teams and customers have raised $2.6 million dollars over this past nine years.  This extraordinary support has played a significant role in the growth and development of White Ribbon Australia and the White Ribbon social change movement in Australia.  It has supported growth of our organisation to the independently acclaimed global leadership position it holds today.  Across the almost decade during which Suzanne Grae has supported White Ribbon Australia we have developed and expanded our community engagement work and primary prevention programs that, as independently evaluated, are realising effective positive social change to help prevent men’s abuse of and violence against women. You can read our 2016-2017 Annual Report here.

The initial seed funding and the ongoing investment provided by Suzanne Grae has facilitated the award winning Breaking the Silence Respectful Relationships Schools Program which has been creating real generational change by strengthening a culture of respect and equality in school communities across Australia.  Since 2009, Breaking the Silence has now supported 564 schools nationally, reaching over 23,500 teachers and 311,000 students.

Suzanne Grae was also part of the ground breaking pilot of the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. The company was one of the 26 pilot organisations to support the development of this Program in 2012.  This cutting-edge engagement from Suzanne Grae paved the way for what is now an internationally recognised program driving positive cultural change throughout workplaces and their communities nationally.  The Program has accredited 145 workplaces, engaging over 600,000 Australian employees across all sectors.

After a considered review, Suzanne Grae has made the decision to end its partnership with White Ribbon and in 2018 will direct its community support program to another area of need. White Ribbon Australia will continue to be a Suzanne Grae Workplace Giving partner.

Our deep appreciation to Suzanne Grae for the valuable partnership and critical support over the past nine years.

We acknowledge and acclaim the remarkable contribution the company has made towards ending men’s violence against women.

Thank you.

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White Ribbon proud to partner with TransGrid for White Ribbon Day Parliament House Breakfast

White Ribbon is proud to announce TransGrid is continuing their support of the campaign to prevent violence against women by becoming the major sponsor of the White Ribbon Parliament House Breakfast to be held in Canberra on 28 November 2017.

The Parliament House Breakfast is an important annual event which brings together members of Government to recognise and commit to ending men’s violence against women.

The Government are actively involved in the White Ribbon Day campaign, with the House of Representatives recently speaking to a Motion on Monday 23 October supporting the prevention of violence against women by encouraging participation in raising critical awareness on White Ribbon Day this November.

TransGrid, a White Ribbon Australia Accredited Workplace, believes strongly in developing a nation that respects all women and allows them to live in safety, free from all forms of abuse which is why they are sponsoring this vital event.

TransGrid provides safe, reliable, sustainable and affordable transmission services to NSW, the ACT and the National Electricity Market.

“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,” Paul Italiano, TransGrid CEO said.

Through TransGrid’s sponsorship, White Ribbon will be supported to deliver primary prevention programs 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 initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

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