Helping #GetTheWordOut for White Ribbon Night 2019

25 Jul 2019

Access Housing staff came together this week to learn more about family domestic violence (FDV) and violence against women and to raise funds for White Ribbon Australia’s 2019 White Ribbon Night campaign.

White Ribbon Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that works through a primary prevention approach in schools, workplaces and communities across Australia to end men’s violence against women. Through various programs and campaigns, White Ribbon Australia engages with men to be part of the social change needed to prevent men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon Night is White Ribbon Australia’s major annual fundraising campaign. Funds raised at White Ribbon Night events support their national domestic violence primary prevention activities.

Ahead of this year’s White Ribbon Night, which is being held on Friday 26 July, staff at Access Housing’s head office at Rivervale were invited to enjoy an educational staff lunch on Monday 22 July as they learnt more about White Ribbon, FDV in Australia and the recently updated Residential Tenancies Act (WA) that now includes FDV provisions. Staff then had their knowledge tested in a team-based quiz covering White Ribbon, Access Housing, FDV, violence against women and general knowledge trivia.

The company proudly provided lunch for staff who made a gold coin donation to White Ribbon. To help raise extra funds for White Ribbon, and to help give our lunchtime event a ‘night’ vibe, staff were also able to wear pyjamas to work that day if they made a gold coin donation to White Ribbon. A similar event was held for staff at our Mandurah office today, with funds raised taking Access Housing’s overall donation to White Ribbon beyond $200.

Access Housing commenced the process towards becoming a White Ribbon Australia Accredited Workplace in November 2018.

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.

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.

“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,” Access Housing General Manager Property Assets Duane Moroney said at the commencement of the accreditation process.

For more information about White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Program, please click here.