A RAAF C-17A Globemaster III conducts its flight in support of White Ribbon Australia.
A RAAF C-17A Globemaster III conducts its flight in support of White Ribbon Australia. Suppliedinga Williams

No to violence against women

PERSONNEL at RAAF Base Amberley are taking a stand against violence against women by throwing their support behind White Ribbon Australia and local women's aid groups in Ipswich.

Wing Commander Robert Williams, along with three other members of Number 33 Squadron 33SQN, recently presented Ipswich's Domestic Violence Action Centre (DVAC) with a $300 donation to help women in crisis situations.

Air Mobility Group, the arm of Air Force which manages 33SQN, is currently seeking White Ribbon Australia workplace accreditation across its squadrons and units.

"The initiative is a good way to help the local community," Wing Commander Williams said.

"The Air Force is going through a cultural shift and by seeking White Ribbon accreditation we want to make sure everyone knows the Air Force respects women in the workplace."

Corporal Michael Connell organised the donation and said his squadron was passionate about helping women in their local community.

SHOWING SUPPORT: Bec Shearman, wing commander Robert Williams, LAC Justin Swan, CPL Michael Connell, DVAC’s Gabrielle Borggaard and FLTLT Nerine Eaton.
SHOWING SUPPORT: Bec Shearman, wing commander Robert Williams, LAC Justin Swan, CPL Michael Connell, DVAC’s Gabrielle Borggaard and FLTLT Nerine Eaton. Inga Williams

 

"We've all got a mother, a lot of us have sisters and daughters so it's an important issue to everyone," he said.

"It's about taking the responsibility to step in and stop inappropriate behaviour."

DVAC Ipswich general manager Gabrielle Borggaard said ongoing support from the RAAF meant a lot to the organisation.

"The work they have done is amazing and it's about raising awareness as well," she said.

"The money itself is really important to us as it helps us assist women fleeing domestic violence situations."

Flight Lieutenant Nerine Eaton said a pair of 4.3m tall white ribbons were proudly displayed on the fuselage of the 36 Squadron C-17 to highlight the important message championed by White Ribbon.

"It's something we're very passionate about," she said.

"I think it's important to be able to work in a workplace here everyone feels safe and respected, regardless of gender.

"We want to make sure anyone can work in the Air Force and feel that way.

"We want to let people know the Air Force has zero tolerance for violence against women or bystanders ."

 



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