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North helps keep watch

Karla Zanardo  December 5, 2017 3:00 PM

Jamie Macmillan is urging more workplaces to change behaviours in a bid to prevent violence against women, after attending the Our Watch Maritime Logistics & Charity Luncheon.

Hosted by Spirit of Tasmania, Macmillan attended the event with North Managing Director & CEO, Carl Dilena and took a lot out of the afternoon.

“One in six women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner, they are alarming statistics,” Macmillan said.

“Women and children should live free of violence and in respectful and safe environments.”

Our Watch has been established to drive nationwide change in the culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children.

Dilena said North is proud to continue working closely with Our Watch.

“We stand for equality and have been working with Our Watch to launch one of the first gender equality strategies in Australian sport early next year.

“The club aims to raise awareness of the issues of domestic violence and is committed to strengthening gender equality in the workplace to support the prevention of violence against women.”

Our Watch CEO Mary Barry said influencing workplaces will create change.

“Workplaces are a key setting for the prevention of violence against women not only because violence can occur within the workplace, but because workplaces significantly influence our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours,” Barry said.

“Workplaces, such as The Spirit of Tasmania, North Melbourne Football Club, Programmed Skilled, Qube Ports, Teekay and TT-Line, have a vital role to play in creating an Australia free of violence against women. An Australia where women are not only safe, but respected and treated as equals in private and public life. 

“We have to be bold in speaking out against sexism, gender inequality and violence. It’s only then that we will create the cultural change needed to prevent violence against women and their children.”

The luncheon raised more than $30,000 to support the prevention of violence against women.