Navy recognised for affecting positive cultural change

Published on LEUT Sarah West (author), POIS Paul Berry (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Topic(s): White Ribbon, New Generation Navy (NGN), Navy Values & Signature Behaviours

Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen (right) and Captain Mark Hill with the ACT Government Partners in Prevention Award, presented to the Royal Australian Navy. (photo: POIS Paul Berry)
Deputy Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Michael van Balen (right) and Captain Mark Hill with the ACT Government Partners in Prevention Award, presented to the Royal Australian Navy.

The Royal Australian Navy’s efforts to stamp out violence against women and effect positive cultural change were recognised last week at the ACT Government’s Partners in Prevention Awards.

Navy’s work in this area was ‘Highly Commended’ in the workplace category at an awards ceremony held yesterday, on Human Rights Day.

The Partners in Prevention Awards were implemented by the territory’s Department of Community Services to recognise the strategies, projects and activities that help create an awareness of gender violence, or help prevent violence and sexual assault against women and children in the ACT community.

The Royal Australian Navy was nominated for its commitment to becoming a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace and for what it has achieved through its New Generation Navy (NGN) program that continues to effect positive cultural change through embedding Navy’s Values and Signature Behaviours.

New Generation Navy Program Director, Captain Mark Hill said the award belonged to everyone in the Navy family who had embraced its cultural reform program and the White Ribbon movement.

“Navy’s cultural change is everyone's responsibility and cannot be achieved unless the whole Navy community gets onboard and takes ownership of NGN. Likewise, violence against women cannot be stamped out unless everyone, in Navy and the broader community, accepts that it is not acceptable and refuses to tolerate it.

“Since we started the New Generation Navy program in 2009, we have seen our people embrace the message and actively make the changes required to create the type of workplace where everyone is treated fairly and equitably. Likewise, our people have genuinely embraced the White Ribbon movement and are committed fully to creating a workplace free of violence against women. This award recognises that commitment," Captain Hill said.

The Royal Australian Navy has made great headway towards its goal of earning full White Ribbon accreditation - a milestone the service is striving to achieve by mid-2014.