Initially funded by the Department of Social Service (2018-19), White Ribbon’s Empowering Fathers Project engages men – as dads, soon-to-be dads, or those in caring roles – to understand and demonstrate their role in building safe and respectful families and communities. Through this project fathers are empowered to redefine masculinity, embrace gender equality, and learn about the importance of being positive role models to influence Australia’s future generations of boys.
The term ‘father’ is used broadly, for any man who has fathered children or who provides care for children. Fathers include biological, adoptive and step-fathers, uncles, family friends, guardians, foster parents and other men who are actively and intimately involved in a child’s life .
Through our work with fathers White Ribbon engages and supports men to:
- Better understand and appreciate their role as fathers and soon to be fathers/father figures
- Develop, maintain and role model healthy and respectful relationships with children and their families
- Engage and educate their children and other father’s around respectful relationships and positive fatherhood.
To achieve this, White Ribbon’s has developed and provides:
- factsheets and educational materials, including e-learning, webinars and toolkits
- community engagement activities and events
- community and organisational collaborations and projects
- marketing and creative campaigns
- expert reference group to ensure best practice and stakeholder consultation, and
- face-to-face workshops and skill-building sessions.
 Wells, L., Lorenzetti, L., Carolo, H., Dinner, T., Jones, C., Minerson, T., & Esina, E. (2013). Engaging Men and Boys in Domestic Violence Prevention: Opportunities and Promising Approaches. Calgary, AB: : The University of Calgary, Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence.