On Friday, November 24, more than 30 Northparkes employees participated in the White Ribbon Day March in Forbes to help raise awareness and show the organisations support for White Ribbon.
In November 2016, Northparkes Mines became the first mine in Australia to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace, joining a group of organisations committed to preventing and responding to violence against women.
Managing Director, Jim Fowler said: “It was great to see our employees participate in the march and join together with local community members to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.”
“As a large employer in the Central West, it is important to us that we help break the cycle of domestic violence by supporting initiatives that improve the wellbeing of the community in which we live and work,” he said.
“Statistics show that domestic violence is far too common within our local towns.
“Northparkes will continue to support programs raising awareness about domestic violence so the next generation doesn't live with the same statistics,” he said.
Northparkes Manager People, Safety and Environment Stacey Kelly said: “Northparkes has been an active supporter of the White Ribbon Campaign for a number of years now.
“It’s great to see our employees continuing to support and contribute to this campaign.
“A number of employees volunteered to assist with setting up the event in Forbes prior to the march.”
White Ribbon Day is an annual awareness initiative held on one day of the year.
However it is one small part of the much larger White Ribbon social change movement that operates 365 days a year.
The day focuses the attention of the community on the issue of the prevention of men’s violence against women and gender equality by asking the community to become aware, engaged and help prevent violence towards women.