Government would provide $80,000 to White Ribbon Australia to strengthen engagement
with culturally diverse communities and increase awareness about violence against women.
The announcement was made in the lead up to White Ribbon Night, a new initiative which
encourages Australians to “have a night in to get the word out” by participating in
fundraising events to raise awareness about the impact of violence against women.
“The NSW Government, through the Community Relation Commission, is proud to partner
with White Ribbon to tackle violence against women and support agencies like NSW Police
to sign up to its Workplace Accreditation Program.
“It is recognised that migrant and refugee communities often face unique challenges before
and during the resettlement process which may impact upon their understandings of
“In the past decade NSW has welcomed over 30,000 humanitarian refugees and this
funding is about ensuring White Ribbon’s message is accessible to all communities
regardless of cultural background or language,” Mr Dominello said.
The partnership will focus on:
Raising the profile of White Ribbon among men from culturally diverse communities;
Accrediting NSW Government agencies under White Ribbon’s Workplace
Accreditation Program, starting with NSW Police;
Recruiting ambassadors from culturally diverse backgrounds and increasing the
involvement of religious leaders; and
Developing culturally appropriate resources in the most relevant community
languages, including an online calendar of White Ribbon activities
Minister for Women Pru Goward said the partnership would complement the NSW
Government’s It Stops Here Domestic and Family Violence Framework.
“I welcome this initiative because one woman is killed by her partner or former partner every
week in Australia and broadening community awareness is an important part of primary
prevention,” Ms Goward said.
White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said that increasing awareness about the
foundation and its objectives among multicultural groups was integral to its success.
“NSW is one of the most culturally diverse societies in the world so it makes sense for us to
develop strategies to broaden our reach within migrant communities and to partner with
influential men, including religious leaders, who represent them.
“The NSW Government’s funding will enable us to better target our campaigns to men from
culturally diverse communities.
“We currently have 27 employers accredited under the Workplace Accreditation Program
reaching 84,000 employees across Australia.
“An important part of this partnership will be to encourage the first NSW Government
agencies to sign up to the WAP, which recognises workplaces that take active steps to
prevent and respond to violence against women,” Ms Davies said.
NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas APM commended the partnership and said
his organisation supported White Ribbon’s efforts to strengthen multicultural engagement.
“We deal with around 370 cases of domestic and family violence every day, so we are
certainly on the frontline in responding to this issue.
“As an organisation we are committed to reducing the damning statistics and we look
forward to working with White Ribbon to implement and adhere to best practice policies
within our own workplace,” Mr Kaldas said.
Mr Dominello commended NSW Police’s commitment to become one of the first NSW
government agencies accredited under the program.
“NSW Police has over 15,000 employees and is renowned for its strong engagement with
multicultural communities, so I welcome its leadership in this campaign,” Mr Dominello said.
White Ribbon is a national, male-led campaign to end violence against women which began
in 2003 as UNIFEM before becoming a foundation in 2007. The campaign, which originated
in Canada in 1991, is today active in over 60 countries.