Ambassador Q&A: Buol Juuk
White Ribbon Ambassador Buol Juuk, family dispute resolution practitioner and CALD liaison officer for Relationships Australia, shares with us what drives him to work towards gender equal, and a safe society for women and children.
What is your day job?
I work as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner, and a CALD liaison officer for Relationships Australia SA in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide. In my role as a mediator, I assist members of the general population, but in my role as a CALD liaison I only assist those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities. I work closely with the South Australia Police Domestic Violence (DV) unit in the northern suburbs to help their responses to be culturally appropriate when they are called to a DV scene.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I have officially been a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2016.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I have been working with CALD communities for over ten years in different capacities here at Relationships Australia SA. I have realised that violence against women and children won’t stop unless men join hands together and campaign against it. Which was one of the biggest reason in me becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
I have been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign in different ways: when I started working here at Relationships Australia SA since 2005, my primary role was to organise and deliver nationally recognised training to community support workers (Certificate IV in Community Services) and we introduced a specific unit that directly addresses Family Violence. We had good outcomes where some participants usually come forward seeking help after realising they were perpetrators of domestic violence.
Additionally, I have been coordinating the African Men Group since 2013, trying to engage African Men on how to respond to DV issues.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
Gender equality enhances economic development, improves prospects for future generations and strengthens political and social systems and I also believe in the United Nations universal declaration of Human Rights Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of humanity”.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
I would like to see to it that women and children should not live in fear and intimidation perpetrated by those men who are supposed to love and respect them.