Systems Training School supports White Ribbon movement

Published on SBLT Jez Kokshoorn (author and photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Watson, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Watson, White Ribbon

Members of the Systems Training School supporting the White Ribbon campaign on the steps of the Ritchie Building, HMAS Watson. (photo: SBLT Jez Kokshoorn)
Members of the Systems Training School supporting the White Ribbon campaign on the steps of the Ritchie Building, HMAS Watson.

Last Friday, staff and students at the Royal Australian Navy’s Systems Training School (STS) at HMAS Watson came together in solidarity to demonstrate its support of the White Ribbon campaign.

The school sold White Ribbon merchandise to help fund and raise awareness for the White Ribbon campaign, which is the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women.

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has made a commitment to make the Royal Australian Navy White Ribbon accredited by the end of the year.

Through primary prevention initiatives and an annual campaign day, White Ribbon Australia seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women, by engaging boys and men to lead social change.

More than 30 STS members donned white t-shirts last week to show their support for the movement, while an additional 30 aided Navy’s bid for White Ribbon accreditation by completing an online survey. The aim of the survey is to gain a baseline understanding of the perceptions of Navy’s people regarding the issue of violence against women.

Chief of Navy has asked that all uniformed Navy personnel complete the short White Ribbon survey, which only takes five minutes. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wrbaseline_navy.