White Ribbon

White Ribbon

White Ribbon oath

“I will stand up,
speak out and act
to prevent men’s
violence against
women.”

Standing up to violence against women

White Ribbon Australia seeks an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach to stop violence against women before it happens.

The City of Sydney is dedicated to supporting White Ribbon Australia and was officially awarded its workplace re-accreditation in 2017, as a pioneer in contributing to national cultural change to prevent and respond to violence against women. The City was first accredited in 2013.

Each year, City staff take the pledge to never commit or tolerate violence against women and take part in a fundraising biathlon event at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool and The Domain, consisting of a 4km run and 300m swim. The 2 events have raised $12,300 for White Ribbon to date.

We have taken other steps to support White Ribbon including online training for staff to raise awareness and policies and procedures to help stop violence and give support to victims. 

The re-accreditation is a huge honour for the City and is also the result of our dedicated White Ribbon ambassadors and the ongoing commitment of our staff to address this important social issue. 

Violence against women is a major problem in Australia where at least 1 woman is killed every week by a current or former partner. And 1 in 3 women experience physical and or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.

Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, White Ribbon Australia highlights the positive role men play in this social movement and supports them to stand up, speak out and act to stop men's violence against women. 

White Ribbon Day is 25 November

Images: White Ribbon Australia Workplace Program Executive Manager, Ronan Smyth, presents the City's re-accreditation certificate to White Ribbon Ambassador and Director Legal and Governance, Anthony Lenehan (above). City staff at Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool for the 2016 fundraising biathlon (below).

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Last updated: Friday, 31 March 2017