East Kimberley Job Pathways is proud to announce that we are now a White Ribbon Australia Accredited Workplace!
The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program is a program that engenders a commitment to stop violence against women from an organisation as a whole. The program recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to stop violence against women. In order to earn accreditation, workplaces must meet 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. It supports organisations to respond to and prevent violence against women, whether it occurs inside or outside the organisation, through supporting women experiencing violence, holding perpetrators to account, supporting all employees to challenge inappropriate behaviour and strengthening gender equality within the broader community.
The key messages of White Ribbon Australia are:
- At home, at school, at work, in social settings and across our community, we can address men’s violence against women and children, and put a stop to it.
- In Australia, one in four children is exposed to domestic violence.
- 1.7 million Australian women over 15 have experienced sexual violence, and 2.2 million have experienced at least one violent incident by an intimate partner.
- Across their lifetime 5 million women have experienced sexual harrassment. On average one woman a week in Australia is killed by an intimate partner.
- Domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children.
- Children often see or hear violence between their parents – 65% of women who had children in their care when they experienced violence by a current or former partner reported that the children had seen or heard the violence.
- The key root causes of violence include beliefs and behaviours reflecting disrespect for women, low support for gender equality and adherence to rigid or stereotypical gender roles, relations and identities. There is no single cause for violence against women.
- Accepting the status quo is the biggest barrier to change. People who do not believe men and women are equal are more likely to condone, tolerate or excuse violence against women.
- Change can happen when violence against women is addressed.