One of MIT’s direction in its social endeavours is to participate in the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program.
MIT will follow the lead set by its CEO and commit to modifying its policy to include MIT stance against violence against women.
In its forward planning MIT has intentions to work towards certification as a White Ribbon Australia Accredited workplace.
|1. Attend orientation and complete application||Completed||September 2016|
|2. Baseline Survey disseminated and completed by staff||Completed||October 2016|
|3. Received ‘Statement of Commitment’||Completed||November 2016|
|4. Develop evidence in practice against accreditation framework||In-Progress|
|5. Follow-up Staff Survey disseminated and completed by staff||TBC|
|6. Submit application for accreditation||TBC|
|7. Assessor review of application||TBC|
|8. Recommendation for accreditation||TBC|
|9. Received accreditation||TBC|
By committing to this accreditation MIT will ensure that it has a workplace which will support victims of family violence. It is recognised that this situation can also occur within MITs own community of staff and students. It intends to raise awareness of the issue of family violence and will support any student or staff who is impacted by family violence by giving them access to professional counselling and other support necessary to assist the victim to be in a secure and caring environment.
The carriage of this direction will be forged by the members of the Executive Management Team with members representing both gender and who have a commitment to reducing violence against women.
MIT also urges students and staff to engage in the White Ribbon program via the following measures:
- Get involved by swearing the oath, becoming an ambassador or becoming a 'Face of White Ribbon'.
- There is an array of information on White Ribbon and associated activities on the White Ribbon webpage.
- You can swear the White Ribbon Oath online: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/standup
- You may also wish to participate in the White Ribbon online training program.
- Male staff members can sign up to become a White Ribbon Workplace Ambassador or any staff member can become an advocate.
- The YouTube Tedtalk by Jackson Katz is recommended viewing. This is a thought-provoking talk that challenges the concept of domestic violence and sexual abuse being called "women's issues". In this bold and blunt talk, Katz points out that these are intrinsically men's issues and shows how these violent behaviours are tied to definitions of manhood. It is a clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behaviour and be leaders of change.