Chief of Navy calls on members to step up for White Ribbon Campaign

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Topic(s): White Ribbon, Chief of Navy

White Ribbon pin displayed on a hand as part of International White Ribbon Day.  (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
White Ribbon pin displayed on a hand as part of International White Ribbon Day.

The Chief of Navy has challenged all Royal Australian Navy members to stand up and be counted in the campaign to stop violence against women.

Navy’s involvement in the White Ribbon campaign has special significance this year. In June, the Royal Australian Navy became Australia’s largest organisation to receive White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation for demonstrating a culture of zero tolerance of men’s violence against women. The process took around 12 months and involved the collation of accreditation documentation, preparation of training material, training delivery and the administration of two whole-of-Navy surveys.

Vice Admiral Tim Barrett says the importance of gaining this accreditation cannot be understated.

Navy personnel hold the White Ribbon Pin of violence prevention as part of International White Ribbon Day.

Navy personnel hold the White Ribbon Pin of violence prevention as part of International White Ribbon Day.

“Accreditation is only given to workplaces that prove they are genuinely committed to stamping out violence against women, and only a handful of organisations have achieved this status,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

“Our commitment to White Ribbon is not merely symbolic; it reflects Navy’s culture and values. As a White Ribbon Ambassador myself, I am proud of Navy’s commitment to the campaign.”

The Chief of Navy has warned that while the accreditation shows clearly that the White Ribbon campaign has been strongly supported across Navy, the challenge now must be to continue to grow the White Ribbon cause.

“This accreditation is a privilege but it also carries considerable responsibility,” Chief of Navy said.

“We must each challenge ourselves on two fronts - in the workplace and in the community, Navy people should promote positive attitudes and behaviours and intervene to prevent violence against women.

“At the end of the day, it is our actions, as men, to end the violence against women that really counts.”

Navy has more than 80 White Ribbon Ambassadors this year, with a variety of White Ribbon events occurring throughout November, culminating in White Ribbon Day on Tuesday 25 November.

For further information on White Ribbon activities go to http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/events.