Ahead of White Ribbon Day on Friday 23 November, Access Housing has officially launched its campaign to become an Accredited Workplace with Australia’s only national, male-led violence prevention organisation working to prevent men’s violence against women – White Ribbon Australia.
White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Program is a world first accreditation program that provides organisations with the tools to be able to respond to incidents of violence and to prevent this violence from occurring in the first instance. The program specifically addresses the issue of gender discrimination and domestic violence and provides organisations with a structured framework to examine current policies, procedures, training and communication, then refine and implement new initiatives where necessary.
The program is underpinned by the White Ribbon Campaign, which is about recognising the positive role that men play alongside women in preventing violence against women.
Acting White Ribbon Australia Chair Ian Carter AM addressed Access Housing staff at our head office at Rivervale this morning to discuss White Ribbon Australia’s work and to congratulate Access Housing for starting the process towards becoming an accredited workplace.
Access Housing General Manager Property Assets Duane Moroney (pictured second from left), who sits on the company’s Workplace Accreditation working committee, said it was an easy decision for the company to seek White Ribbon accreditation given Access Housing’s significant representation of female staff (72% of Access Housing employees are women) and work with tenants with lived experience of domestic violence.
“Access Housing is proud of the existing respectful relationships and gender equality we have in our workplaces amongst our staff and with our external stakeholders, which we aim to build upon and enhance through our participation in White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation program,” Mr Moroney said.
“Through Access Housing’s participation in the program, we look forward to strengthening our staff’s knowledge and skills to address the serious, prevalent and preventable issue of violence against women.”
The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program engenders a whole of organisation commitment to stop violence against women, meeting 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace. The program builds on existing gender equality and diversity initiatives, providing the tools to strengthen a culture of respect and gender equality at all levels of the organisation.
For more information about White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Program, please click here.