White Ribbon Australia, the charity established to prevent violence against women, is shutting down.

The shock closure was announced after an “analysis of the organisation’s future sustainability”.

“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,” a statement posted to White Ribbon‘s website said.

The organisation went into liquidation on Wednesday ahead of White Ribbon Day on November 22.

“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,” the board said.

White Ribbon had come under fire in recent years for controversial decisions including accepting money from a Sydney hotel seeking government approval for poker machines.

In December 2017 the charity took the offered money but later declined it after realising the donation was being used as part of a licence application.


Last year the charity stripped then-NSW Labor leader Luke Foley of his ambassador role after accusations emerged he indecently touched a female journalist.

It has also previously been reported White Ribbon‘s former chief executive Tracy McLeod Howe had withdrawn the charity’s statement of support for women’s reproductive choices.

The statement was later reinstated after a fierce publish backlash and Ms McLeod Howe was removed from the role after just three months.

The foundation was established in 2007 with Australian entertainer and former lawyer Andrew O’Keefe named chair of the board.

Worrels Solvency and Forensic Accountants firm is handling the liquidation.

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