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Yarra Council says ‘no’ to violence against women

25 November 2015

At a White Ribbon Day breakfast hosted today by Yarra City Council to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Mayor, Cr Roberto Colanzi said that with one in three women experiencing male violence, Australia was in the midst of a national tragedy.

“Council joins many others in calling for an end to all forms of violence against women and children,” Mayor Colanzi said.

“Discriminatory attitudes, gender stereotypes and objectification of women in our society are all cause of men’s violence against women.

“Council is taking action to eliminate these attitudes and offer much needed support to victims.

“We have long supported the White Ribbon campaign, and all Councillors and many staff members have pledged to “stand up, speak out and take action to prevent violence against women”.

At this morning’s breakfast, attendees learned about violence in all its forms (physical, sexual, emotional and financial) from three noted anti-violence campaigners: former AFL premiership player Luke Ablett, Victoria Police Inspector Dean McGowan, and Leading Fire-fighter Steve O’Malley.

Recent Council initiatives include:

  • Training staff in Council’s Family, Youth and Children’s Services branch to recognise the signs of family violence and provide appropriate support to victims.
  • Establishing a Family Violence Leave Policy and Family Violence Contact Officers to support Council staff members experiencing the trauma of violence.
  • Introducing a 40 per cent target of women in management positions by 2020 to ensure that Yarra has the best leaders and most effective role models.
  • Rolling out a Flexible Work Policy and Parental Leave Toolkit to ensure that women’s careers aren’t negatively impacted by motherhood.
  • Collaborating with organisations like Women’s Health in the North, Yarra Family Violence Network and Neighbourhood Justice Centre to provide education and support.
  • Formal Council resolution to support activities and initiatives that prevent violence against women, and to acknowledge the role local government plays as an employer in eliminating workplace-based violence, harassment and discrimination and promoting gender equity within the workplace.

Residents and visitors are invited to support the White Ribbon campaign by purchasing a ribbon or wrist band from one of Yarra’s town halls or libraries.



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