Nature Parks and Council take a stand on violence against women
Phillip Island Nature Parks and Bass Coast Shire Council have committed to tackling the rising problem of violence against women through their participation in the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation program.
Each year on 25 November, White Ribbon Australia observes White Ribbon Day, also known as the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day on 10 December.
The Workplace Accreditation Program is an award-winning initiative which is complementary to women’s empowerment initiatives and strengthens the organisations’ stance in relation to anti-bullying legislation.
White Ribbon Workplaces:
acknowledge violence against women as a serious, prevalent and preventable issue in Australia
demonstrate a culture of zero tolerance of violence towards women
embed messaging within the organisation’s leadership, procedures and training in response to the Workplace Accreditation Program’s Standards and Criteria
are proactive in preventing gender-based violence and promoting respectful relationships within the workplace, strengthening the organisation’s stance in relation to anti-bullying legislation
equip staff with the knowledge and skills to address issues of violence against women inside and outside the workplace.
White Ribbon Workplaces are centres of respect and proactivity in relation to the safety of women in the workplace, and are members of a truly leading edge cohort, both nationally and internationally.
“Our commitment to this accreditation program comes in response to the damning fact that the number of recorded incidents of family violence in Bass Coast is higher than the State average and is increasing annually,” said Jarvis Weston, Ranger in Charge of Environment and White Ribbon Ambassador.
“As two of the biggest employers in the shire, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Bass Coast Shire Council represent 5% of the working population. We felt we could truly contribute to the community by leading from the front on this important issue,” said Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities, David Elder, who is also one of Council’s White Ribbon Ambassadors.
The 14 month accreditation process will be led by working groups within each organisation, although all staff will have the opportunity to be involved in the program.
The first step is championing White Ribbon Day in the community with a campaign to ‘chalk it up’, where community members and businesses are encouraged to write supporting messages in chalk on footpaths and post to social media, raising awareness for White Ribbon Day.
For more information, visit the White Ribbon website at whiteribbon.org.au.