How can companies collaborate to tackle Gender-Based Violence in the workplace?

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Jane Pillinger: “There’s two elements to this: one is how we can support our employees so they are able to sustain their jobs. The other is how companies can network, collaborate and support better awareness in the community.”

Jane Pillinger: “The evidence [is that] as many as 90% of women experiencing #DomesticViolence say it has impacted on their work performance … this is a broader issue around #GenderEquality, and the gender pay gap.”

Arne Rust: “We are not naive to think that alcohol plays no role in the abuse. But we strongly believe that hurt people hurt people. Our job here is to provide an affirming, positive view of masculinity, and to inspire men to be better.”

Ana Ines Alvarez: “We are challenged daily to analyse the opportunities and challenges of using our strengths, our resources to prevent #GBV, but also to professionally support women in our network who are experiencing violence.”

Ana Ines Alvarez:  “The question is not, what happened? The question is, what do you need?”

Ana Ines Alvarez: “We saw sometimes sales representatives identify violence is happening, but didn’t know what to do. So we started developing WhatsApp trainings for them … to have the tools to identify #GBV and to know how to refer.”

Carly Newman: “We strongly believe that networks & collaborative action are essential to create deeper impact, reaching a broader audience and pushing for change at a local, national and international level.”

Arne Rust: “It’s not a hard thing in the current climate to propose a gender violence policy… making it practical and walking the talk is the hard bit.”

Arne Rust: “Make it emotional. Long after people have forgotten the stats, they will remember how it made them feel. That is something we as corporates should do more of … it’s only when you really start talking to the hearts of people that that message sticks.”

Pamela Zabella: “One of the issues that’s been really important is the immense learning that happens from country to country in the sharing of good practices.”

Carly Newman: “First and foremost, it’s identifying and creating those partnerships with specialist organisations.”

Jane Pillinger: “It’s perhaps the most difficult part of the #DomesticAbuse policy to implement but it’s also one that companies are beginning to step up on.”

Pamela Zabella: “How are we responding to (#DomesticViolence) victims? Are we believing them? Sometimes, the first reaction of people is minimising a victim’s experience. It is very important for the business to believe the survivor.”

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