In Australia on average one woman is killed every week as a result of domestic violence. In fact, domestic and family violence is the leading contributor of death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44. It is also the primary reason for homelessness of women and their children.
White Ribbon is an international, male-led campaign to end men’s violence against women. The campaign seeks to engage boys and men to change attitudes and behaviours, to stop the violence before it occurs. They work to raise awareness and educate within schools, workplaces and across the broader community. White Ribbon’s vision is that all women live in safety from all forms of men’s violence.
On November 25th, Origin employees joined together to recognise White Ribbon Day and to talk about the impact of domestic and family violence. Employees showed support by signing oaths and making donations to White Ribbon. Research shows that sharing personal stories and creating a powerful and engaging conversation about domestic and family violence helps change the attitudes that support violence and builds greater respect between men and women, in and out of the workplace.
Through the Origin Foundation’s Give2 matched giving program, Origin employees were able to have their donations to White Ribbon matched dollar-for-dollar. With this matching, more than $5,000 has been donated to help White Ribbon tackle this substantial community issue.
“I have a daughter, a wife and a mother and many other wonderful women as family, friends and colleagues. Donating to White Ribbon is the very least I can do, but it’s a start,” said Origin employee Adam Cusack.