White Ribbon Australia is leading the charge in reshaping masculinity and advocating for primary prevention to eliminate violence against women. They emphasise the pivotal role of men and boys in women’s safety and aim to create a nation free from men’s violence and abuse.
Positive Duty is a workplace initiative that aims to actively prevent sexual harassment and discrimination. This approach, prompted by changes in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984, marks a shift from mere reactions to a proactive stance. White Ribbon Australia collaborates with governments and industry bodies to empower workplaces to fulfill their Positive Duty and create equitable environments for all.
The domains of Positive Duty in the workplace, which pertains to all hair salons and barbershops, include:
Organisations are urged to offer comprehensive support services for victims, including counseling and legal assistance. Promoting awareness of available resources and providing access to external support organisations is key to aiding recovery. White Ribbon Australia’s “Positive Duty Training Package” and “Workplace Accreditation Program” further facilitate the establishment of supportive frameworks.
Employers must prioritise educating their workforce on preventing sexual harassment and fostering a safe work environment. This involves organising workshops, allocating resources for interactive training, and educating employees about relevant laws and regulations. Providing resources like handbooks and guidelines enhances understanding and awareness.
A positive workplace culture plays a crucial role in preventing harassment and discrimination. Regular climate surveys help gauge culture health and identify areas for improvement. Engaging men in discussions and campaigns empowers them to actively participate in creating a safe workplace. Regular assessments and employee feedback further contribute to shaping a positive culture.
Risk Assessment and Transparency
Proactive measures in risk assessment and transparency are vital. Regular assessments of potential risk factors for sexual harassment should be conducted, with transparent processes for reporting and addressing complaints, ensuring confidentiality and protection from retaliation. Effective communication of anti-harassment policies and procedures to all employees and regular updates on changes promote a safe environment.
White Ribbon Australia’s mission is to engage men in primary prevention and promote Positive Duty in workplaces as a significant step towards creating a society free from violence against women. It encourages organisations to take a proactive approach, support victims, educate workforces, foster positive cultures and ensure transparency in addressing harassment, in efforts that align with the broader goal of building a safer and more equitable Australia.
For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au
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