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More than one in three women in Australia have experienced physical or sexual violence.1 QSuper supported the United Nations’ 16 days of activism campaign against gender based violence, starting with White Ribbon Day, in line with our partnerships to reduce violence in the home, workplace and wider community.
Around 3.4 million, or 37% of Australian women aged 18 years and over, have experienced an incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 15, the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.1
In a further breakdown of the statistics, three in 10 women have experienced physical violence and one in five have experienced sexual violence.
QSuper joined this year’s international 16 days of activism from 25 November to 10 December to encourage all Australians to consider how to stand up, speak out, and act to create a society in which all women live in safety, free from violence and abuse.
(Image source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017)
White Ribbon Day 2017 focussed on preventing violence against women and girls by addressing the causes of violence.
In the ongoing battle to stop gender based violence, men were encouraged to play a positive role in stopping violence and being part of social change supported by education, awareness raising campaigns, preventative programs, partnerships and advocacy.
The campaign identified that violence against women could be actively challenged daily.
Actions everyone could take to help prevent violence, identified in the 16 Days of Activism campaign,2 include:
1. Understanding the statistics
2. Understanding different types of abuse
3. Knowing how to respond to disclosures
4. Knowing where to find help
5. Intervening safely
6. Free e-learning
7. Using the ribbon to start a conversation
8. Challenging violent attitudes and behaviours
9. Learning about violence and the workplace
11. Learning what primary prevention is
12. Learning about image-based abuse
13. Calling out sexist behaviour
14. Stepping outside the ‘man box’
15. Talking to your children
16. Learning when to draw the line
In the 16 days of activism, Day 13 encourages actively calling out sexist behaviour. Here are five simple things you can do to challenge sexist or abusive actions or behaviour when you see or hear it:3
1. Make it clear: “Come on, I know you are better than that.”
2. Bring it home: “What if someone said that about your sister or your daughter?”
3. I believe: “I believe abusing a woman is wrong.”
4. Am I the only one? “Am I the only one uncomfortable with this?”
5. Talk privately: “I need to talk to you in private.”
QSuper forms partnerships and provides support to empower women and men to stop violence against women at home and in the workplace.
(Image source: White Ribbon Australia, 2017)
If you or a friend are experiencing domestic violence, please call DVConnect on 1800 811 811 (open 24/7).
At the … start of the session, participants were predominantly focused on how to respond to patients and their families, but the tailored workshop allowed participants to understand that this is a workplace issue as well.
Director Social Work, Division of Allied Health
By participating in and supporting events, including a White Ribbon breakfast and morning tea events at two QSuper Brisbane locations for White Ribbon Day, QSuper assists to raise valuable funds and awareness.
CEO Michael Pennisi and staff at the QSuper White Ribbon Breakfast event (Image source: QSuper, 2017)
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016, 4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016, accessed 1 December 2017 from http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0
2. White Ribbon Australia, 16 days of activism campaign. Accessed 1 December 2017. https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/16-days-activism-2017
3. White Ribbon Australia, Call out sexist behaviour – challenging your friends’ behaviour. Accessed 1 December 2017.
Up to 4,000 more Queenslanders each year will have their call for help answered thanks to a new partnership between QSuper and Australia’s busiest domestic violence hotline, DVConnect. Over the next three years, QSuper will provide much-needed financial support to help meet the ever-increasing demand on its services.
QSuper is committed to improving retirement outcomes for women, and empowering women to achieve their goals by providing financial advice.
QSuper is standing up, speaking out and acting to end men’s violence against women. Watch our video to find out why we’re so passionate about the White Ribbon Campaign and helping to put an end to violence against women.
DVConnect Womensline team member, Linda, discusses the importance of making a real connection with the people who are calling in need of support.
QSuper is proud to have a three year partnership with domestic violence hotline, DVConnect – the leading state-wide crisis response service that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here, QSuper speaks with a DVConnect Womensline team member about some of the daily challenges.