White Ribbon Day coincides with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and occurs each year on 25 November. It is the first campaign led by men that aims to end violence against women in the world.
In Australia, White Ribbon Day is supported by many male ambassadors, including our Vice Chancellor Professor Greg Craven. Through living the White Ribbon Oath: “never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women”, ambassadors act as positive role models in their communities. These men have taken up the challenge to help bring about attitudinal and behavioural change in the community.
To provide additional support, ACU implemented the Provision to Support the Victims of Family or Domestic Violence Policy in May this year. The policy outlines the support that is available to staff members who require leave as a result of experiencing domestic violence.
Through awareness-raising campaigns and initiatives with community groups, White Ribbon works to end violence against women. The results from the National Community Attitudes Survey conducted in 2013 by White Ribbon Australia, showed progress had been made in addressing violence perpetrated by men. The results also indicated that youth attitudes to violence against women had improved, and that people now have a greater understanding of the different forms of violence that occur against women.
Support White Ribbon Day on your campus
ACU staff members are encouraged to attend an event on their campus next week and to wear a white ribbon as a symbol of their support for the campaign.
White Ribbon Day events:
Brisbane - Morning tea at 10.30am in the staff room (AB:18) on 24 November 2014.
Ballarat - Morning tea at 10.30am in the staff room on 25 November.
North Sydney - Afternoon tea at 3pm in the Campus Courtyard outside the Carroll Building on 25 November.
Canberra - Morning tea at 10.30am in the Signadou Rose Garden on 26 November.
Melbourne - Morning tea at 10am in Early Childhood Centre (BGN:08) on 26 November.
Strathfield - Afternoon tea at 3pm in the Atrium on 26 November.
For more information visit the White Ribbon Day website.
In addition, access to confidential professional counselling services is available for ACU staff and their families at no cost. For more information visit the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) webpage.