The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, recently reminded Navy people that “violence against women is a significant issue requiring all sectors of the Australian community to take action.”
“Whether it’s at home or at work, violence against women impacts on women’s health and safety, productivity and work capacity. For Navy, that means our capability is degraded and our ability to achieve our mission is compromised,” VADM Griggs said.
Because of the importance of this issue, Navy participates in ‘White Ribbon’ - a male led movement to end violence against women. White Ribbon aims to change behaviours and attitudes that lead to, and perpetuate, violence against women. It does this by engaging men to lead social change. Navy already has many White Ribbon ‘ambassadors’ who lead the campaign by living the white ribbon oath: never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
Vice Admiral Griggs is taking Navy's commitment to White Ribbon a step further.
“I am fully committed to Navy becoming a White Ribbon accredited workplace through participation in a pilot program, due for completion by the end of this year,” he said.
“The important first stage involves completion of a whole of Navy survey to obtain a baseline understanding of Navy’s perceptions regarding violence against women,” said VADM Griggs.
The Chief of Navy has asked all uniformed Navy personnel to complete a short White Ribbon survey, which only takes five minutes.
The anonymous survey is available to Navy personnel on the Navy homepage, on the Defence Restricted Network, and has a completion date of 30 August. Anyone who is unable to access the survey online should contact the New Generation Navy team to receive a paper copy.
“This is an important issue, not only for Navy but also the wider community. The survey is a significant undertaking - but I'm confident Navy people will grasp the importance of this issue to put their full support behind this initiative,” VADM Griggs said.