Ambassador Q&A: Craig Rigney
White Ribbon Ambassador Craig Rigney, an Ngarrindjeri man from Gawler, brings to the role extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities across to South Australia.
What is your day job?
I am currently the CEO of Kornar Winmil Yunti Aboriginal Corporation (KWY) in South Australia.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I have been a White Ribbon Ambassador for 18 months.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I decided to become a White Ribbon Ambassador, as I believe in ending the violence against women and children. I believe that we as men need to keep up the conversation relating to ending domestic and Aboriginal family violence going until we seen an it end to this in all of our communities.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I am also on the White Ribbon Diversity Reference Group. My organisation hosts an award ceremony annually for the domestic violence and homelessness sector in South Australia. As part of that we recognise an outstanding White Ribbon event, and an Ambassador, to showcase their work as a community and as an individual. I am proud to say my organisation is White Ribbon Workplace Accredited.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
I believe if those men who use violence viewed women as equal then the violence would cease. There are many aspects to gender inequality but I think as a community we need to take a stand against it, and importantly marketing agencies need to take a stand against gender inequality when portraying women in their material.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
It’s not about my personal goals as an Ambassador but what the message we as Ambassadors convey. We must stand up against violence of any sort and in particular violence against women, in all of its forms is unacceptable