Ambassador Q&A: Graeme Pearce
Long-time White Ribbon Ambassador, Graeme Pearce, brings to his role extensive experience working in the tertiary prevention space to further the White Ribbon message in his community.
What is your day job?
I have been employed by Community Corrections in various capacities for over 31 years. For the last 14 years I have organised the delivery of behaviour change programs for family violence perpetrators.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I became a White Ribbon Ambassador in early 2012.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
Through my community involvement and career I have seen the devastating effects of family violence. Every incident has a widespread lasting effect on all members of the family and the community at large. I have spoken to many perpetrators of family violence and have heard many excuses but as yet I have not heard one legitimate reason for the use of family violence. However men can change their behaviour and the majority of family violence perpetrators are willing and want to change. It is the responsibility of other men to influence their fellow men to take the steps to stopping family violence.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon social movement?
As an Ambassador, I have been involved in the White Ribbon marches and also as speaker at a number of public and other organised events. In May 2013, I was a presenter at the inaugural White Ribbon Conference in Sydney. I promote White Ribbon at other conferences and social gatherings.
Why is Gender Equality important for you as an Ambassador?
Gender inequality is simply a lack of respect. It is a lack of respect for women’s experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities. For men, I believe it is a lack of confidence in their own ability to consult and listen to women as part of their own decision making processes whether it be in a family, social or workplace situation. Men must accept responsibility for their actions or lack of action.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
Men need to have quality conversations about stopping family violence. This is something every man can do given guidance. I believe this is the next step for White Ribbon as many Ambassadors would have skills that can be utilised in this capacity and passed on to others. I would like to ensure men are not bystanders when confronted by family violence.