A message from Town of Walkerville Chief Executive Officer Kiki Cristol
27 August 2020
In July 2018, we began the journey towards one of the most important social change initiatives we had ever undertaken – becoming a White Ribbon Accredited Organisation.
Sadly, our progress was halted in October 2019 when White Ribbon Australia went into liquidation.
Since that time, White Ribbon Australia has begun a new and exciting chapter under the stewardship of Communicare, a dynamic organisation with a distinguished reputation and sound record over more than 40 years, as a provider of innovative services and an advocate of social and economic inclusion.
I am pleased to be in the position to finally announce, that the Town of Walkerville, has now been approved as a White Ribbon Accredited Organisation.
Alarmingly, domestic violence has been on the increase and worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as a result of isolation measures. Given the restrictions, it is difficult for many of us to engage with the community to prevent domestic violence as we have in the past. It demonstrates the need for us to maintain our commitment to reduce and eradicate domestic violence from our community. With Communicare now custodians of White Ribbon Australia, we can recommit ourselves to this great global movement.
In the meantime, we will keep you informed of any further updates and look forward to continued strong community support.
It is everyone’s job - both men and women - to reject and prevent violence against women. The accreditation program has given my team the tools to be able to respond to incidents of violence - whether it occurs inside or outside the workplace - and to prevent this violence from occurring in the first instance. The journey has raised awareness, encouraged conversations and supported advocates for change within our organisation. I am proud of the work so far and excited about the next steps in our journey.
Join Walkerville Council as we stand up, speak out and act to prevent violence against women.
In December 2018, the White Ribbon Accreditation program was the central theme of our annual staff planning day. A short video was produced in which individual staff members (including myself and Elizabeth Fricker, Mayor of Walkerville) could add their voice to the White Ribbon campaign.
Click HERE to see the video.
Click HERE to go to the White Ribbon Australia website.