White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day, 25 November, Gender Equality

25 November is White Ribbon Day, a day aimed at preventing men’s violence against women. Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide.

Why do we have White Ribbon Day?

In Australia, violence against women is a serious problem, meaning:

For violence against women to stop, we need to create gender equality

It is up to all of us, women and men to take action to prevent domestic violence and to build a culture of equality and respect in our homes and in our public places, including our work places. Does your workplace offer domestic violence leave, for those suffering the effects of domestic violence? Do you have workplace programs to promote inclusion, diversity and women in leadership?

We need all men and women in Australia to stand up, take action and commit to achieving gender equality, and an end to violence against women. It is unacceptable that in our country one woman a week is killed by an intimate partner, the person she should most be able to trust.

If you do not personally commit and take a stand against violence, gender inequality, jokes that degrade or humiliate women, then you are culpable and complicit. Staying silent is effectively condoning this type of behaviour. Speak up, speak out and make our country safe for women.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support

Please contact one of the National or State based support services that can assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Read Board Director and CEO Penelope Twemlow’s personal story of how she has been affected by domestic violence.

Posted by Jade Collins - Femeconomy Director

Jade Collins has 20 years’ global experience in corporate executive Human Resources and management consulting roles in the Mining, Energy and Aerospace industries, leading large scale, complex multi-million-dollar change management programs. Jade finds the combination of her HR, Psychology and MBA qualifications and her leadership experience is invaluable for increasing gender equality in leadership across industries. Jade was a member of the Queensland Government's Strategic Advisory Group for the Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative and the 2019 CQU Alumni of the Year for Social Impact for her work with Femeconomy.