Anti-domestic violence organisation White Ribbon has entered liquidation, with their debts believed to be deciding factor.
As it has come to light, anti-violence charity White Ribbon Australia has moved into voluntary liquidation.
As reported by BuzzFeed News, “…it was agreed at a general meeting that White Ribbon Australia would be “wound up” and liquidators were then appointed, a statement issued to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on Wednesday said.”
It is believed that the charity was close to $840,000 in the red.
According to a statement BuzzFeed has read (but is yet to be publically released):
“It is with profound sadness that the board of White Ribbon Australia informs the community and supporters that it has taken the very difficult decision to close its doors.
This decision became necessary following an analysis of the organisation’s future sustainability.
White Ribbon Australia has been proud to serve alongside so many dedicated partner organisations, grassroots communities and government in the important work of ending men’s violence against women.
We want to acknowledge those communities around Australia who have been part of the White Ribbon movement – from the dedicated staff, Ambassadors, Advocates, and Committees, to schools and teachers, sports clubs, workplaces and individual members of the community.
For all those who are already planning for White Ribbon Day, we encourage you to continue with those plans alongside the international White Ribbon movement. Continue to raise your voice.
Even though White Ribbon Australia’s journey ends here, we know that the work of our partners and communities will continue. Eliminating men’s violence against women must remain a priority.”
Back in November, their CEO exited after the organisation withdrew a statement that said that “all women should have complete control over their reproductive and sexual health”. At the time, White Ribbon addressed it thusly. “We have withdrawn it because we are agnostic until our stakeholders tell us it is important to most of them,” White Ribbon’s (then) chief executive Tracy McLeod Howe told BuzzFeed News.