November 21, 2013 – 8:02 am
The 25th November is White Ribbon Day – a campaign to stop violence against women.
Australian Catholic University is proud to be supporting White Ribbon in raising awareness about violence against women in our community.
White Ribbon is an organisation that is working to prevent male violence towards women. White Ribbon encourages both men and women across Australia to wear a white ribbon as a symbol of their belief in the importance of this campaign.
Violence against women is a major public health problem and a violation of human rights. As it is estimated that two thirds of women who experience domestic violence are in paid work, there is a well-documented significant flow on effect to the workplace. In the workplace it is associated with a range of adverse impacts. Violence against women increases staff turnover, absenteeism and presenteeism. It impacts negatively on workplace productivity, employee health and wellbeing and staff morale.
The Australian Parliamentary Library has more information about Government responses to The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (White Ribbon Day)—25 November 2012
In Australia, White Ribbon is supported by many male ambassadors who promote the White Ribbon Oath : ‘never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.’
ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven, is proud to be an ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign, which aims to help bring about attitudinal and behavioural change, both individually and collectively.
“Addressing the problem of violence against women is very important,” Professor Craven said.
“The message of White Ribbon Day is aligned with the University’s mission and values, which uphold the dignity of all human beings. Approximately 70% of ACU’s workforce is female – and both the men and women of ACU are proud to unite our voices in speaking out for the right of women to live in safety, without fear of violence,” he said.
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