Prevent men’s violence against women

Victoria State Committee

The Victoria State Committee was Established in 2015 by a group of Ambassadors who were passionate about growing capacity and connections between Ambassadors in metro and regional Victoria.

Since then, the Committee has broadened its focus to include:

  • Promoting White Ribbon’s Programs in Victoria
  • Holding skill-building and educational events for local stakeholders, including Ambassadors, Advocates, White Ribbon School’s and Accredited Workplaces.
  • In 2018 the group will be expanding membership to include local White Ribbon Advocates and will be growing local collaboration with the Domestic Violence and Government sectors.

Members

Andrew Swan Student Leadership Development Manager Monash University Ambassador
Brian Samuel Retail Manager The Stafford Group Ambassador
Glenn Buesnel-May Leadership & Management Trainer Monarch Institute Pty Ltd Ambassador
Neil Stott Community Health Director Benalla Health Ambassador
Nick Mazzarella Manager of Major Projects City of Whittlesea Ambassador
Penny Marangos Lean Facilitator Supporter
Rupinder Kaur Advocate
Simone O'Brien Advocate
Warwick Leeson OAM Ambassador

I joined a White Ribbon Committee so that I could proactively support the White Ribbon community in pursuit of its goal to prevent men’s violence against women. In doing so, I have volunteered alongside many other passionate men and women, deepened my knowledge of the issue and developed skills that enable me to engage individuals and groups in dialogue about how we can create the positive social change required.

Our society needs to recognise that women be treated as equals and to educate men that violence against women is unacceptable.

My family was seriously impacted by domestic violence. My mother bore the brunt of toxic male attitudes towards women and I spent my life watching one of the smartest, gentle and beautiful people erode into dysfunction. My commitment honours my mother’s struggle and helps build the integrity in my life needed to ensure my son and two daughters make more healthy decisions in their lives.

As a former Policeman I was exposed to family violence when I was a 19-years-old Constable and the significance of that event stayed with me. I (among others) was invited by a former White Ribbon Australia Board Member to set up the Victorian White Ribbon Committee in 2015 and it has been very successful in running networking and training events for our Victorian Ambassadors.

I helped establish the Victorian White Ribbon Committee to enable local engagement on the topic of the prevention of violence against women. The Committee also provides an opportunity for networking and learning more about the campaign to improve our individual capacity to stand up and speak out. As a Director on the Board for White Ribbon Australia, I also provide the Committee with an insight of the broader campaign activities across Australia.

I am a proud White Ribbon Advocate with true determination on raising the awareness of violence against women. As a committee member, I will be a very strong bridge among the local/migrant community of Albury/Wodonga on spreading White Ribbon mission/vision across to the community.

Being a survivor, I have firsthand experience of Domestic Violence and I don’t want this to happen to any other female or children. I want to be part of making a change in our state by engaging men to drive the change in other men. Also, if I can be a face from what I have experienced, it will encourage other women to come forward and be apart of making a change.

When I was Nillumbik mayor, I was approached by a group of ladies to assist in using council to highlight the issue of violence against women. Prior to that approach, I was basically unaware of the magnitude of the issue. As an elected civic leader, I knew I could not ignore the matter and have been a passionate and active White Ribbon Ambassador for over 10 years.

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