The efforts of the Royal Australian Navy raise awareness of the White Ribbon campaign have gained traction at the Australian Defence Force Academy recently, with personnel coming together on the Academy parade ground to ‘pledge’ their support for White Ribbon.
The Navy is the world's largest White Ribbon accredited organisation and has been challenging other part of Defence to support the male led campaign to end violence against women.
Navy and the Royal Australian Military College have recently achieved accreditation. The Australian Defence Force Academy, along with the Australian Civil Military Centre and Royal Australian Air Force, is currently seeking to obtain their accreditation as Accredited White Ribbon Workplaces.
Personnel paraded in the formation of a White Ribbon prior to taking the ‘oath’ to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
Student, Midshipman Tyson Hales, said he was proud to take the ‘oath’.
“The White Ribbon campaign is important to because we’re such a large, diverse organisation and women deserve the right to feel safe in their workplace,” Midshipman Hales said.
This demonstration of support for White Ribbon is currently one of the world’s largest with over 1,000 members on parade.
Nationally, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence by someone they know. As of June 2014, Navy was the largest of the first 23 organisations in the world to be accredited as White Ribbon Workplaces.
To show your support for White Ribbon and to take the ‘oath’ to end male violence against women, visit http://whiteribbon.org.au/standup.