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Ambassador Q&A: David Battersby

Professor David Battersby
May 2016

White Ribbon Ambassador Professor David Battersby officially joined the fight against domestic violence upon being inspired by other White Ribbon Ambassadors in their advocacy work.

What is your day job?

I am the Vice-Chancellor of Federation University Australia.

How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?

Since 2015.

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?

I had seen and heard other Ambassadors both locally and nationally and I was impressed by their leadership and commitment towards making a stand on the issues associated with White Ribbon, which is why I wanted to become a White Ribbon Ambassador.

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

I have been particularly interested to see how workplaces can be influenced and changed by the White Ribbon Campaign and here at Federation University we have made a strong commitment to White Ribbon and to its promotion in the workplace.  This then acts as a workplace model for the rest of the community and for other organisations which, in turn, can assist with the overall White Ribbon Campaign.

Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?

As a White Ribbon Ambassador, gender equality is important because it enshrines a set of beliefs and values about the roles of men and women in society and about the type of society in which we live.  To have inequality is detrimental to our society and to each other, and more particularly, has significant adverse social consequences.

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

In my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador, I want to continue to highlight that the White Ribbon Campaign is worthy of endorsement and support and that making a stand on issues such as gender equality is both principled and essential.

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