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Ambassador Q&A: Barry Merritt

Barry Merritt
Jan/Feb 2017

Barry Merritt, an enthusiastic White Ribbon Ambassador since 2015, talks about how he actively promotes the White Ribbon message amongst his students and the wider community.

What is your day job?

I am the Aboriginal Education Officer Forbes High School.

How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?

I became a White Ribbon Ambassador in November 2015.

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?

The reason I decided to become an Ambassador was because I’ve personally seen my mother and step-mother affected family and domestic violence.

In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon social movement?

As a White Ribbon Ambassador I have been involved by talking at White Ribbon Day events at Forbes, Orange, Conowindra and also at school event at Forbes High School.

In 2015, we had 26 boys turn up for our White Ribbon meeting where I spoke on the issue of family and domestic violence. This was well over our expected participation of 12 boys (three representatives from each from years 8-11). All 26 boys said they wanted to continue in the group. Our school is a real leader in this area and getting stronger every year.

Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?

It is quite simply, for we are all humans living on this little planet. Everyone has the right to an opinion regardless of gender.

What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?

In my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador, I will aim to continue educating our younger generation, make them aware about the issue of men’s violence against women, and empower them to stand up and say it is not okay

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