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Ambassador Q&A: Desmond Campbell

Desmond Campbell
June 2016

Long-time White Ribbon Ambassador Desmond Campbell shares with us how embodies the White Ribbon in his workplace and everyday life. He has ambitious goals and wants to see more men from the Northern Territory become ambassadors.

What is your day job?

Operations Manager, Family Violence Program – NT Department of Correctional Services (NTDCS)

How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?

I have been a White Ambassador for approximately seven years.

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?

I decided to become a White Ribbon Ambassador because growing up being exposed to domestic violence in my community was hurtful but as a child I thought it was what formed a relationship. As I got older I started to realise the hurt caused by domestic violence on women, families and communities wasn’t what made a healthy and strong relationship so I wanted to influence other young people, men in particular to take a stance against violence against women. I’ve always believed in the power of social education and the campaign seems to be growing to be more relevant to our communities.

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

In the beginning of my role as an Ambassador, it was very much consisted of selling ribbons and handing out information in shopping centres. In the last few years, I’ve actually felt that I have made a genuine commitment to the campaign through the involvement of getting workplace accreditation, guest speaking, fundraising, marching, being a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group to establish relevant and genuine campaign opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through consultations and guidance.

Most recently it has been organising a local training session for 15 Aboriginal men in Darwin to increase engagement and build capacity of men and communities to prevent violence against women, build respectful relationships and thereby have safer communities. Further to this, is organising a community forum in remote Yuendumu in Central Australia for all community members.

Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?

I have been nurtured, loved, respected, guided and taught by women throughout my whole life. Women are the solid rock in the families and the leaders in their communities. Gender equality that is genuine and respects the foundations of fairness and equality creates a better world for everyone, that is what I believe in.

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

  1. Provide training to at least 45 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men locally in recognising, understanding and identifying domestic violence and become ambassadors themselves.
  2. Provide at least 3 local and remote community forums.
  3. Continue to grow the workplace accreditation program in my workplace.
  4. Be mentored by an Aboriginal woman in how to be the best Ambassador.
  5. Support my sisters, nieces, aunties, mothers and grandmothers through educating my brothers, nephews, uncles’ fathers, and grandfathers.

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