Ambassador Q&A: David Beaumont
White Ribbon Ambassador David Beaumont is a vocal advocate against violence against women and is an active member of the White Ribbon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group.
What is your day job?
I am a Community Engagement Coordinator (Aboriginal Community Development) – City of Sydney Council.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I have been a White Ribbon Ambassador for about two years.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I became a White Ribbon Ambassador because I felt I could contribute to a worthy cause that has been able to affect change at all levels of society. I also know by the alarming statistics that we will always have to maintain a strong focus on this extremely important issue.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
I have spoken publicly at two City of Sydney White Ribbon Day events since becoming an ambassador. I was invited to speak at White Ribbon Day event in Redfern last year, 2015. Below is a quote from my speech:
“The mark of a true man is not the emotional mark or the physical mark he leaves on a woman.
The mark of a true man is the sanctuary, the support and the safety he provides to his partner, his family and his community!”
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
Gender equality is important to me as an Ambassador because everybody has the right to be the best expression of themselves in today’s society, to be supported throughout their lives and to have a safe and secure environment in which to do so.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
I am currently on the White Ribbon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group, so my goal is to contribute to this for as long as required and to continue in my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador with the City of Sydney.