Navy rejects violence against women

Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Garden Island, Sydney

Topic(s): White Ribbon

Some of the Sailors selling white ribbons outside the main gate at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney. L-R: Able Seaman Marine Technician Blake Lonsdale, Able Seaman Marine Technician Aaron Partington, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Anthony King, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Trent Micallef, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jeesanf Yoon and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Hannah Callary (front). (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Some of the Sailors selling white ribbons outside the main gate at Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney. L-R: Able Seaman Marine Technician Blake Lonsdale, Able Seaman Marine Technician Aaron Partington, Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Anthony King, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Trent Micallef, Able Seaman Electronics Technician Jeesanf Yoon and Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Hannah Callary (front).

Royal Australian Navy personnel have helped to raise funds and awareness of the issue of violence against women at a number of events.

HMAS Kuttabul personnel collected gold coins at the entrance to the base and later hosted a fundraising and awareness morning tea. Meanwhile, HMAS Harman supported the White Ribbon Night In, raising money at the Christmas in July function.

Lieutenant Josh Watkin, one of Navy’s White Ribbon Ambassadors, says challenging discriminatory or violence-supporting attitudes is critical to breaking the cycle of gender violence.

“Navy is a big supporter of the White Ribbon campaign.  White Ribbon is fundamentally connected to NGN – it is about shaping attitudes and behaviours which respect and promote the wellbeing of every person,” Lieutenant Watkin said.

“Across all ranks of Navy, we’re showing that gender discrimination, sexual misconduct and violence-supporting attitudes are issues we cannot ignore, and we’re demonstrating that daily through the efforts of the largest group of Ambassadors of any Service. As Ambassadors, we actively promote the message that all women have a right to feel safe and be treated with dignity and respect. We owe it to our shipmates and families to take this issue seriously.”

Navy has been supporting White Ribbon since 2011. Earlier this year a number of personnel attended White Ribbon’s first international conference in Sydney. A keynote speaker at the conference, Dr Katz also made presentations to Navy Senior Leaders and diverse groups of Senior and Junior Sailors.

More information on hosting a White Ribbon Night event can be found at www.whiteribbon.org.au/night

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20130892