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White Ribbon Australia appoints new Chair

White Ribbon Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of White Ribbon Ambassador Professor Nicholas Cowdery AM QC as the Chair of the Board.

Professor Cowdery comes to the White Ribbon Board with extensive experience as a Barrister since 1971 that includes the role of Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales for over 16 years and elected President of the International Association of Prosecutors.  Professor Cowdery holds a number of honorary university academic positions, consults for a number of organisations including The United Nations, and is a member of the National Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the Institute of Criminology Advisory Committee, the Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association and the NSW Sentencing Council. He was inaugural Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association.

“We welcome Nicholas Cowdery as the new Chair of the White Ribbon Australia Board of Directors,” said Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia. “His outstanding career, service to the Australian community and as a long term White Ribbon Ambassador, are invaluable assets as we continue to grow White Ribbon. His proven leadership and commitment to positive social change will serve the organisation well.”

“As a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2009 I have been involved with and witnessed the critical work of White Ribbon in engaging men to be part of the change to prevent violence and abuse against women. I am honoured to be part of an organisation that focuses on such an important issue and that is driving critical change” newly appointed Chair Nicholas Cowdery said.

Joining Nicholas Cowdery are, from Victoria, newly appointed director Nick Mazzarella, Manager Major Projects, Whittlesea City Council, and White Ribbon Ambassador since 2008 and, from the ACT, newly appointed director Bernie Pearce, Australian Government Aid Program (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and White Ribbon Ambassador since 2011.


White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change. White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women.

Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

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