International Women’s Day was celebrated last Friday at Hobart’s Anglesea Barracks with a barbecue organised by Navy Headquarters Tasmania (NHQ Tasmania).
Commander Stacey Porter, Commanding Officer of NHQ Tasmania, reminded those present of the origins of International Women’s Day and noted that the theme for 2014, ‘Inspiring Change’, reflected the advances made through cultural reform in the Royal Australian Navy.
CMDR Porter spoke of the advances made generally by the Australian Defence Force in its appreciation of the role of women in the services over the past 20 years or so, and the continuing need to realign some attitudes that still exist throughout the community.
The significance of the Navy pursuing White Ribbon accreditation was also addressed, as was the Australian Government’s commitment to the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018.
“Through this plan, the recommendations of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 are being implemented,” CMDR Porter said.
“UNSCR 1325 aims to remove gender-based violence, particularly during conflict, and recognises that women and children have different experiences of conflict than those of men.”
CMDR Porter also took the opportunity of the gathering to present Leading Seaman Jen Langley with her Operational Service Medal for service in Border Protection operations.