Colleagues, friends and family of Royal Australian Navy officer Commander Adam Muckalt gathered together at his home for a trivia and games night on White Ribbon's annual 'Night In' on 25 July to help raise social awareness and funds to help end acts of violence against women committed by men.
Commander Muckalt said they could see on social media that hundreds of similar events were being held concurrently all around the country.
“It’s gatherings like these that really make a difference in getting the seriousness of this issue out into the community. They break down the stigma that has historically kept violence against women in the shadows,” Commander Muckalt said.
"I proudly open up my home to support this program."
Amongst the guests was ACT Legislative Assembly Shadow Minister for Women, Giulia Jones MLA.
“Violence in family relationships is such a destructive thing.
“As such a large employer both nationally and in the ACT, Navy is really taking a leadership role in our community by embracing White Ribbon. It's great to see large organisations wholeheartedly supporting programmes like this,” Ms Jones said.
The event struck a chord for Navy Joint Amphibious Implementation Team member, Lieutenant Commander Chris Searle, the father of two young daughters.
“I want my daughters to grow up in a society where domestic violence against women and children is not tolerated, and evenings like this are an excellent way of getting men to acknowledge that violence against women is real.
“I’m proud to be associated with the work of the White Ribbon campaign,” Lieutenant Commander Searle said
The trivia night was a great success, with over $200 raised to support the program’s education initiatives.
White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women, engaging boys and men to lead social change through education and programs that alter behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence angst women.
The principles of White Ribbon are synonymous with Navy’s values and signature behaviours. As part of a national pilot program, Navy achieved accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace in May 2014.
Men pledge their support to White Ribbon by taking an oath: I swear that I will not commit, excuse, or remain silent about violence against women. This is my oath.