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White Ribbon

Tuesday 25 November 2014 marks the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day. Held annually, White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).

Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide. The statistics in Australia are equally as alarming:

  • On average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
  • A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home.
  • Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.
  • Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.
  • One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace.

This year, I am pleased to announce that the Commission will be working with all South Australian government departments over the next 2 years to achieve accreditation as White Ribbon workplaces. 

South Australia has always been a leader in promoting gender equity and workplaces play an important role in preventing violence against women. We know this because two out of three Australian women who report violence are in paid employment and most of the men perpetrating this violence are in paid work. Working with South Australian Government departments to lead by example and become White Ribbon Accredited Workplaces will mean that the public sector, which employs more than 100,000 South Australians, will be better equipped to prevent and respond to violence against women.

For more information about White Ribbon Australia, go to www.whiteribbon.org.au.

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Anne Gale
Commissioner for Equal Opportunity