Ambassador Q&A: Alexander Taylor-Pitcher
White Ribbon Ambassador, and White Ribbon Australia staff member, Alexander Taylor-Pitcher, shares with us how his work and everyday life is involved in the fight against violence against women.
What is your day job?
I am a Community Officer at White Ribbon Australia.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I was approved as an Ambassador on the 2nd of February, 2016.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
My role at White Ribbon is predominantly around engaging with our Ambassadors to prevent all forms of men’s violence against women, so I thought in order for me to really practice what I preached and understand the role, I had to go through the formal process myself and become an Ambassador.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
In my professional role with White Ribbon the bulk of my workload includes speaking with individual Ambassadors and finding out what ways they want to contribute to this social movement through their unique networks, skills and experiences. Connecting Ambassadors to registered White Ribbon events is another big part of my role, particularly around White Ribbon Day and throughout November.
Outside of the office, I have actively been involved in a number of White Ribbon activities and events, which have included attending a number of sporting events, community family days, marches, and breakfasts. I would say the most memorable event for me was the Formula1 Grand Prix in 2016. The weather and conditions on the first two days ensured that it was challenging to set-up and manage our White Ribbon marquee, but what shone through was the enthusiasm and dedication of our Ambassadors and advocates. Whether it was 35°C with thick dust blowing in all directions, or cold, rainy and windy, our Ambassadors and advocates were more than happy to walk around for hours on end selling ribbons and having conversations about how we can all challenge sexism and inequality, promote respect and prevent men’s violence against women.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
Gender equality is important to me, because gender Inequality is, ultimately, the root cause of gender-based violence. In a society that tacitly values men more than it values women, victim blaming is a common and accepted response to violence, sexist jokes or jokes about violence are not challenged and preventing violence against women is not given the importance it deserves.
Whether it’s your mum, your sister or your friend. Whether it’s a woman you don’t yet know, or a woman you will never know. We need to act and encourage everyone in society to let go of attitudes and behaviours that oppress and control women.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
I hope to build upon my ability to speak on this issue, on the psychological and practical ways of preventing violence against women. I also hope to instil this in others, and that this isn’t an issue that one or even a number of organisations can solve on their own, but it requires every one of us to be active and observant of sexism and inequality in our everyday lives. I hope to pull up a friend or family member if they make a sexist joke or comment. I hope to identify and discuss gender stereotypes when they appear on TV or in movies. Ultimately I hope to encourage others to make respect and equality active values in their lives.