White Ribbon Day
White Ribbon oath
never to commit, excuse
or remain silent about
violence against women and children
this is my oath"
Standing up to violence against women
White Ribbon is the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women.
In 2013 the City of Sydney achieved White Ribbon workplace accreditation, recognising the policies and procedures we have in place to support a zero tolerance approach to men’s violence against women. The City also has a proven ability to effectively respond to incidents as they arise, inside or outside the workplace.
The accreditation is a huge honour for the City and is also the result of the dedication of our White Ribbon Ambassadors and the 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 30% of women aged over 15 will experience physical or sexual violence by a man at some point in their lives.
Making the Pledge
Hundreds of City of Sydney staff pledged never to commit or tolerate violence against women to mark this year’s White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2013.
At a ceremony that included rugby league great and White Ribbon ambassador Mario Fenech, around 400 City staff travelled to Redfern Oval to swear an oath prepared by White Ribbon:
"I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and children. This is my oath."
Many women, including the City's Chief Executive Officer, Monica Barone, joined with male staff to swear the oath.
The City encouraged male and female staff across offices and depots to take part in the 90-minute ceremony.
As part of White Ribbon Day, the City also projected a larger than life replica of the ribbon onto Sydney Town Hall. The display is a major part of the City’s commitment to the cause and to increase awareness among residents, workers and visitors to Sydney.
Main image: City Operations Director, Garry Harding; White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies; White Ribbon Ambassador, Mario Fenech; City of Sydney CEO, Monica Barone.
A leading role
To help raise awareness among City staff, 15 male staff members have already become White Ribbon Ambassadors.
City Operations director and White Ribbon Ambassador Garry Harding said violence against women is not just physical abuse or sexual abuse – it can be emotional, verbal and financial abuse, and involve stalking, bullying and social isolation.
"All forms of violence are totally unacceptable and can have a devastating impact on women, children and their families.
"We all can, and must, play a visible role in eliminating this terrible, and often hidden, problem in our communities and workplaces," Mr Harding said.
As well as our oath swearing ceremonies, the City has 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.
Last updated: Thursday, 19 December 2013