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 Founder

Mother, wife, daughter, determined dreamer. Lover of books. Background in Human Resources leadership in global organisations.