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Army November 21, 2013
Stopping the violence
Soldiers come together on White Ribbon Day to support a campaign raising awareness for women's safety
WO2 Andrew Hetherington
NOVEMBER 25 marks the 11th
anniversary of White Ribbon Day
in Australia, held in more than 50
countries each year to bring an
awareness to stop violence against
women by men.
In September last year, White
Ribbon patron and ambassador CA
Lt-Gen David Morrison signed an
agreement between Army and White
Ribbon, which includes the Army
Recruit Training Centre and Duntroon
being a part of the White Ribbon
workplace accreditation project.
Head Modernisation and Strategic
Planning -- Army Maj-Gen Jeff
Sengelman said his journey to becom-
ing an ambassador was a personal one.
"I was powerfully influenced by
what I unfortunately witnessed and
experienced within my own family as
a child," he said.
"As a result of this, and reinforced
by my status as both a husband and
father, I have no hesitation in pledg-
ing to never commit, excuse or remain
silent about violence against women,
and strongly encourage other men
to take this pledge and serve as role
models for the elimination of violence
Maj-Gen Stuart Smith,
Commander 1st Division, said it was
a deployment to Afghanistan in 2009
that lead him to lend his support to
"I chose to be a White Ribbon
Ambassador in order to extend my
duty as a soldier to defend basic
human rights, including the right of
women to live in an environment free
White Ribbon ambassador and
Head of Capability Systems Maj-Gen
John Caligari said ADF personnel
were ideal ambassadors for the protec-
tion of women in all walks of life.
"We are highly regarded by
Australian society and by our nature,
we are very much involved in our
communities and generally in leader-
ship roles," Maj-Gen Caligari said.
"We have the moral responsibility
and the professional standing to make
a real difference.
"Our challenge in the Defence
work environment, being a male
dominated profession, is to walk the
talk about the treatment of women
and ensure we are as much a place of
choice for women to work as we are
White Ribbon Day began as a
result of the killing of 14 women at
a Montreal university in December
1989, by a man who was their class-
mate. In 1991 it became a yearly event
in Canada and in 1999 the United
Nations General Assembly declared
November 25 as the international day
for the elimination of violence against
White Ribbon ambassador and
Director of Global Operations at
HQJOC Col John Carey said the day
was about making everyone aware of
how men can stop violence against
"It's about the steps you can take
when you realise a man is abusing and
controlling his wife or girlfriend," he
"It's also about what you do when
someone jokes about issues like rape."
Col Carey said there is only one
way for people to address a situation
"Speak up, do not be a bystander.
Intervene before incidents happen,
support the victims, challenge the per-
petrators and tackle the social and cul-
tural causes of violence."
Commander 3 Bde Brig Shane
Caughey is an ambassador and said
treating each person with respect was
of the utmost importance to a well-
functioning Army and community.
"White Ribbon and Army share a
common foundational belief by never
committing, excusing or remaining
silent about violence against women,"
Soldiers and sailors from Randwick
Barracks have been a highly vis-
ible part of the Coogee White Ribbon
Walks and Commander 17CSSB Brig
David Mulhall said they would do so
again this year.
"In this way, we are able to remind
ourselves and the many other partici-
pants and bystanders that those of us
in uniform are part of our local com-
munity, that violence against women
offends us personally and is not in line
with the values of the ADF," he said.
Throughout Army on White
Ribbon Day there will be a number
of events held Australia-wide to raise
funds for the foundation and to raise
further awareness on the campaign to
stop male violence against women.
For more information on events contact
the unit equity adviser, orderly room or
courage. It is
-- WO Dave Ashley,
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