Ambassador Q&A: Ian Hamm
One of our earliest White Ribbon Ambassadors, Ian Hamm, is passionate about achieving gender equality in its forms, for the betterment of society and future generations.
What is your day job?
I am currently the Director, Economic Inclusion, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, for the Victorian Government.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I have been a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2008.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I decided to become a White Ribbon Ambassador for two reasons:
a) In a former role, I was involved in the establishment of the Indigenous Family Violence Forum in Victoria and promoted it across government and the Aboriginal community;
b) I have a close relative who had experienced intimate partner violence from her male partner.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I’ve spoken at a few events over the years, and right now I am the deputy chair of Aboriginal Housing Victoria which is seeking to become a White Ribbon accredited organization.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
Equality of any nature is important to me – I’m not saying everyone is ‘the same’ – but we should all expect to be treated with dignity and respect. Gender equality, like race equality (I am Aboriginal), is part of our national ‘unfinished business’ and needs our active and committed attention.
In any case, if we really are to fulfill our national potential, then we must ensure that half the population does not feel excluded from the opportunities of the 21st century.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
Only the small stuff like changing everything so that our sons and daughters (I have one of each) live in a better society, that is violence free, than we have in the past or now.