Australian Air Task Group reflects on International Women’s Day (IWD)
10 March 2015
HMAS Success’ ship’s company in the Middle East recently witnessed the awesome display of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s amphibious vessel USS Iwo Jima.
Australian Air Task Group (ATG) members in the Middle East Region have recognised International Women’s Day.
The day provided an opportunity for both women and men of the ATG to reflect on the achievements of women globally, but more importantly on the past, present and future achievements of women in the ADF.
ATG Security Manager Warrant Officer (WOFF) Fiona says if one person stops and reflects on either how fortunate they are to have women in their life who have had an influence on them in some way, whether it be a relative, friend or mentor, then the objective of the day has been achieved.
“I am extremely proud to be an Australian woman and equally proud to be a member of the Australian Defence Force,” WOFF Fiona said.
“Celebrating the day on deployment is an important affair; it’s an opportunity to recognise how fortunate Australian women are in comparison to other parts of the world.”
IWD holds a special meaning for WOFF Fiona. During a previous deployment to Afghanistan, while performing her 2IC Force Protection role, she was responsible for overseeing local female engagement and was inspired by a young Afghani girl.
“I witnessed her spirit evolve over time and saw her display qualities of many great women.
“The girl held no title and achieved no accolades; however the strength, courage and hope that she displayed inspired me.
“For me, International Women's Day honours her and celebrates other brave young women like her.
All deployed ATG personnel have a great sense of unity and purpose toward the task of combating Daesh.
Women in Iraq have been subject to Daesh brutality and exploitation, and the ATG along with a strong and united Coalition of nations is standing up and giving hope to the women of Iraq.