Monash University's commitment to making workplaces safer for women has seen it achieve accreditation to become a White Ribbon Workplace. The aim is to support workplaces to prevent and respond to violence against women by adapting their culture, practices and procedures.
Monash was one of the first Australian tertiary institutions to join the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Pilot Project. Building on and recognising current and emerging initiatives, participating workplaces are asked to promote safe workplaces for women by adapting organisational cultures, practices and procedures.
Vladimir Prpich, Executive Director of the Campus Community Division, has said, "The Pilot Program required an exhaustive 16 month evaluation of our policies, processes and procedures and has empowered us to implement a range of initiatives within the University to ensure we are compliant with best practice and White Ribbon standards".
"I have received very positive feedback from both staff and students who see the University's participation in this program as a concrete commitment to building a safe and respectful university community, where people come to work and study."
About the accreditation
The accreditation has enabled Monash to effect meaningful and positive cultural change.
Accredited White Ribbon Workplaces have successfully met three Standards and 17 Criteria that demonstrate zero tolerance to violence against women. They drive best practice to prevent men's violence against women in the workplace and to effectively respond to incidents as they arise, be it inside or outside the workplace. White Ribbon Workplaces are recognised as social change agents.
For further information about the project please visit White Ribbon Accredited Workplaces.
Monash Residential Services community
For several years now, the Monash Residential Services (MRS) on-campus community has actively supported White Ribbon Australia. Director of MRS, Trisha Prpich, has worked with residents on a video to promote their support and commitment to White Ribbon Australia.
The Monash Blues Football Club, in collaboration with Monash University, produced a video showing their commitment as a club to the White Ribbon campaign.