White Ribbon Day 2015
White Ribbon Day on Wednesday, 25th November, will hold special significance to staff at Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation this year when it conducts an annual White Ribbon community BBQ.
Maari Ma has been successful in becoming a “White Ribbon Accredited Workplace” and is one of only 14 organisations across Australia’s public and private sectors to obtain the title.
Chief Executive Officer, Bob Davis, said the achievement is the culmination of 18 months hard work by Maari Ma’s White Ribbon Committee with assistance from all staff.
“We are the first group of Australian workplaces, outside of the pilot program, to be officially recognised as taking active steps to prevent and respond to men’s violence against women.
“It is very much an occasion of pride, as being able to call our organisation a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace has meant dedication and commitment to supply and document evidence against White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Framework.
“The Committee has put in many hours and resources to review and enhance our human resource policies and procedures, our staff communication, and to deliver training on what it means to work in a safe and respectful workplace.
“As an organisation, we recognise that ending men’s violence against women is both a workplace and a community issue.
“I invite all community members to join us on Wednesday at 12 midday for a BBQ and help us acknowledge our accreditation and show support for the White Ribbon movement ” Mr Davis said.
The BBQ will be at the Primary Health Care Service, it is free of charge and there will be giveaways and stalls.
Assisting on the day will be staff from Warra Warra Legal Service, Mission Australia and Lifeline.
23rd November 2015
Aboriginal Health Worker