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This Father’s Day: Let’s talk… about what it means to be a father

White Ribbon video series about fatherhood, respect and gender equality

This Father’s Day White Ribbon is calling on fathers and father-figures to take the time to talk with their children about what it means to be a father.

The Let’s Talk About What it Means to be a Father campaign will launch ahead of Father’s Day and is an evidence-informed initiative addressing the positive influence fathers and male role-models can play in inspiring and shaping a more socially aware and equal generation.

White Ribbon Chair, Tony Pearson said the role of a father has an important place in a child’s life.

“Research shows strong positive bonds between fathers and their children has a positive impact on the relationships they will have as adults.

“That’s why we’re asking all fathers and father-figures to reflect on and understand the important role they play in raising the next generation with values of respect, gender equality and, ultimately, violence prevention.

“The conversations they have today with their children, will shape the person they become tomorrow.”

As an organisation that works to create a healthier, positive view of masculinity, White Ribbon created this campaign to celebrate the many fathers who are challenging traditional views of masculinity, resetting society’s perception of what it means to be a dad.

White Ribbon Ambassador, Clint Newton says fatherhood has changed his perception of what it takes to be a man and what masculinity means to him.

“Since having my daughters, I have learnt that my role as a father and as a man is to lead and guide rather than simply protect and provide. In my view, you demonstrate significant strength through vulnerability and compassion. Dissolving the illusion that I created, ‘because I am a man my family expects perfection and fearlessness’, was an important part of my transformation as a father and husband. Being seen for who you truly are is what’s important rather than trying to be someone you think society (or family) expects you to be,” Mr Newton said.

The Let’s Talk About What it Means to be a Father campaign includes a number of videos, featuring community leaders with a range of experiences of fatherhood, including Mr Newton, talking with their children about these experiences. It also includes resources, tools and education opportunities.

“It’s not just about biological fathers, any male role-model can hold this special place and fundamentally guide a person’s development, values and beliefs,” said Mr Pearson.

“Families and fatherhood roles come in many shapes and sizes, and this campaign celebrates this, demonstrating the power of positive fathering.”

The videos between fathers and their children can be viewed here.

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New members strengthen White Ribbon Australia board

Friday, 16 August 2019 – White Ribbon Australia has today announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors, Sophie MacIntosh and Julian McPherson.

Ms MacIntosh is the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Smartgroup (an ASX200 company), and Mr McPherson is Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Audit and Assurance practice in Sydney.

Chair of White Ribbon Australia, Tony Pearson, commented that the appointments reflect an ongoing commitment to strengthening White Ribbon’s governance, and bring extensive leadership in finance, risk and legal skills to the board.

“I’m delighted to welcome Sophie and Julian, and look forward to their contributions, particularly as we continue our work on White Ribbon’s strategic review.”

Mr Pearson also acknowledged the contributions of current board members Bernie Pearce and Carole Molyneux who have indicated their desire to retire from the board.

“Bernie has played an important role in championing the work of White Ribbon through his leadership of the many community activities and programs that support our mission.

“Carole’s commitment to White Ribbon extends back many years, where she was one of White Ribbon’s earliest supporters during her time as CEO of Suzanne Grae, before joining the board over six years ago in 2013.”


Sophie MacIntosh

Sophie is an experienced legal and governance professional with over 20 years’ experience working across top tier global law firms, Ashurst and DLA Piper, and global corporates. Sophie is currently the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Smartgroup Corporation, an ASX200 company, which provides salary packaging, fleet management and other employee management services for organisations across Australia, with a particular focus on the Not for Profit sector.

Sophie holds a Masters in Law from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelors of Law (Honours) and Bachelors of Business (Finance) from The University of Technology, Sydney  and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julian McPherson

Julian is an experienced finance and accounting professional. He is currently Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Audit and Assurance practice in Sydney. Julian has worked for KPMG for over 22 years in the UK, US and Australia. His experience with KPMG has covered a broad range of clients including leading the audits of a number of ASX100 companies.

Julian is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Registered Company Auditor.


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