Ambassador Q&A: Andrew Hamlyn
Upon hearing personal stories of domestic violence, White Ribbon Ambassador Andrew Hamlyn decided to take action and stand up against violence against women.
What is your day job?
I work at IBM as a Sales Portfolio Specialist.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I was officially inducted as a White Ribbon Ambassador in September 2016, but have been volunteering for White Ribbon for about two years.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I decided to become a White Ribbon Ambassador because firstly, a friend shared a story about an abusive ex-partner with me, and secondly, I met a lovely lady who was almost killed by her ex-partner. From there I simply realised that I could be part of the solution to stand up and speak out against all forms of men’s violence against women.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
Before becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador, I organised and assisted with official events by fundraising, and raising awareness. This includes being invited to speak at sporting (netball) presentation events in Brisbane about my volunteering with White Ribbon.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I acknowledged that we are not the same, and it’s okay to be different, but being different should not make us any different in how we are treated. This is why I believe that gender equality is so important.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
In the future I hope to work closely with the QLD White Ribbon State Committee, to hopefully start up a White Ribbon Regional Committee in Moreton Bay.