White Ribbon on the menu at morning tea

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, New South Wales

Topic(s): White Ribbon

Commander Simon Cannell, RAN, Rachel Muller and her husband Commander Max Muller, CSM, RAN, with Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, show their support in recognising White Ribbon Day during morning tea held to raise money for the White Ribbon Organisation at HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
Commander Simon Cannell, RAN, Rachel Muller and her husband Commander Max Muller, CSM, RAN, with Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, show their support in recognising White Ribbon Day during morning tea held to raise money for the White Ribbon Organisation at HMAS Kuttabul.

The partners of men serving at Fleet Headquarters in Sydney were invited as guests of honour to a White Ribbon morning tea, held at HMAS Kuttabul on 30 July.

The initiative coordinated by Warfare and Training Force, coincided with events being held across Navy for the annual 'White Ribbon Night In' on 31 July, and was part a commitment to raising awareness that violence against women is not acceptable.

Commander Robert Wilson, whose wife Tara attended the event, said that the morning tea was a tangible sign of Navy’s commitment to the issue.

“I am among a number of men here today, saying that I will not tolerate and I will speak up against violence against women.

“This morning tea illustrates that men working at Fleet Headquarters feel strongly about this.  

"Violence is a sad reality for many women; it impacts far too many people, from all walks of life,” Commander Wilson said.

“By gathering here, we demonstrate our commitment to White Ribbon and what it represents - together we say violence against women is never alright.”

As one of the partners invited to the event, Tara says she was proud to see importance Navy is placing on the issue.

“Sadly, too many families and relationships suffer from what is a largely hidden issue," she said.  

"It was terrific to be invited to this morning tea and to see how committed Rob and other men working in Navy are about this issue." 

The Navy was one of the first accredited White Ribbon Workplaces in Australia and maintains a constant commitment to the intent of the White Ribbon Organisation. 

White Ribbon Australia also observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on 25 November.