This November, we’re wearing our white ribbons to support White Ribbon Australia and the STOP initiative. White Ribbon Day, which is officially on November 25th, is an internationally recognised day of action and asks all Australians to stand up, speak out and act to stop men’s violence against women.
|The STOP initiative uses a simple acronym to help people take action against violence:
See – learn the signs and be able to identify if someone is a victim of violence
Tell – don’t ignore it. Help stop abuse by having a conversation with the person responsible for the violence
Offer support – be prepared to listen, get help, or refer to support networks
Prevent – think about what you can do every day to promote respect towards women
At Autopia, we recognise that the workplace can play an important role in tackling the issue of violence. Autopia launched its own domestic violence policy last year. An upcoming UN Women report, Taking the first step: workplace responses to domestic and family violence, will feature a case study on the steps Autopia have taken, which includes providing employees suffering domestic violence with a minimum of 10 days’ paid leave per year, a flexible approach to working hours and an Employee Assistance Program with free and confidential counselling, amongst other steps.
On Friday 24th November, we’ve organised a White Ribbon Day lunch for all our staff, where we’ll be talking about the importance of preventing violence towards women, as well as encouraging all our staff to wear their white ribbon and take the White Ribbon oath:
“I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.”
Wondering what you can do to support this important cause? Taking the White Ribbon Oath and wearing a white ribbon throughout November are simple ways to make a difference. Visit White Ribbon for more information.