Today marks the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign, which we at Telstra Health have been recognising to raise awareness about this insidious issue, learning how to be an active bystander to prevent and eliminate violence, abuse and harassment against women.
As we look beyond the 16 Days, it’s now an opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing commitment and accountability to advancing gender equality, creating safe workplaces for women and a culture of respect, and providing support and accessible care to people across all communities experiencing violence, abuse and harassment.
Most notably, this will be by undertaking the internationally recognised White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program, which has begun this week and can take anywhere from 12-18 months to achieve.
We welcome the chance to better understand the complexity of family and domestic violence and abuse, and learn how to adapt our organisational culture, policies and procedures to help equip our people to be active and effective bystanders, addressing the issues of violence against women, both at work and in the broader community.
There is no place for family violence, abuse against women, gendered violence, workplace sexual harassment or intimate partner violence in our society. Not now, not ever.