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Diversity Engagement

Diversity engagement

White Ribbon ensures that the social change movement to end men’s violence against women engages diverse communities in a culturally appropriate manner. White Ribbon actively engages diverse communities within Australia in a variety of different ways.

 

Diversity and inclusion

Ambassadors, Advocates and Supporters

An increasing number of Ambassadors, Advocates and Supporters from multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, young and mature aged, with different abilities have joined White Ribbon to prevent men’s violence against women. They are taking active leadership roles to spread  the message within Australian communities.

As of  30 June 2018, White Ribbon has 1177 Ambassadors. 161 of whom come from multicultural backgrounds (13.7%) with 61 from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (5.2%). 154 passionate women are working across Australia as Advocates, to stop men’s violence against women. Of these, 30 are from multicultural backgrounds (19.5%) and 4 are Aboriginal (2.6%).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources

Advocacy

White Ribbon advocates for different issues relating to diverse communities including:

 

Translated factsheets

Online training

The White Ribbon eLearning course ‘understanding men’s violence against women’  is designed to increase awareness and understanding of violence against women and how to stand up to stop violence.

 

eLearning

Community Forums

White Ribbon organises community forums where community members get together to acknowledge and understand ways to stop men’s violence against women. Past forums have included talks by Police, community leaders, religious leaders, service providers and White Ribbon Ambassadors/Advocates on ways to recognize and  prevent men’s violence against women. Men and women then work together to discuss how they can make a difference within their communities. Forums are for about two hours and can also be held in the evenings or on the weekends.

 

Workshops

White Ribbon’s workshops are designed to empower men who are not violent, but who may be silent bystanders. They are tailored to specific settings and communities to ensure their effectiveness. These three hour sessions deal with topics including understanding men’s violence against women, key drivers of violence and its impact. Workshops give men practical tools to help them stand up and speak out against violence and how to manage disclosures.

The workshop has opened my eyes about different types of abuse. I will be more vigilant about these signs now.

– participant, Pakenham, Victoria.

Previous engagements

Supporting emerging multicultural leaders in Melbourne

With the support of the Department of Social Services, White Ribbon’s Diversity Program has undertaken a project which involves supporting emerging leaders from multicultural backgrounds in and around Melbourne to develop and deliver specific projects to engage their communities to prevent men’s violence against women. This is done by mentoring, providing project support, networking opportunities to empower these leaders to make a positive change within their communities.  Each of these emerging leaders works on different projects. Some of these include organising forums to empower women from their communities,  social media campaigns and engaging with the police to break down cultural stereotypes.

 

Multicultural resources

Partnerships

White Ribbon has entered into formal and informal partnerships with key organisations across Australia to engage communities to prevent men’s violence against women such as Islamic Relief Australia, Remote Area Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Care and AMES Australia, Victoria.

These partnerships have assisted White Ribbon to tailor engagements with the Muslim communities in Sydney, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities in far north Queensland and with multicultural communities in Melbourne.
White Ribbon also has several informal partnerships with the Western Australian Police and the Office of Multicultural Interests in Perth. With their assistance, in early 2018, White Ribbon was able to engage with the Chinese, Muslim, Indian, Karen, African, as well as Aboriginal communities in Western Australia through a series of workshops.

 

If you would like more details, or are interested in holding a Workshop or Forum in your area, please contact diversity@whiteribbon.org.au.

 

Support services

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My Blue Sky

(02) 9514 8115

Australia’s first website dedicated to forced marriage prevention, information, referrals and legal advice. Call (02) 9514 8115 or text 0481 070 844.

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1800 RESPECT

1800 737 732

24 hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence or sexual assault. Interpreters are available in several languages.
Call toll-free 1800 737 732.

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