Ambassador Q&A: Jim Adamos
Councillor and White Ribbon Ambassador Jim Adamos from the City of Perth has been actively supporting the White Ribbon Campaign in a variety of capacities over several years. He strives to engage men in constructive conversations regarding their role in ending men’s violence towards women.
What is your day job?
I am a Councillor at City of Perth.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
Since January 2012.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I had always taken the issue of domestic violence seriously and couldn’t understand for many years why it was continuing. Why can’t it stop? It’s mad that women die from this. I just couldn’t understand how this could happen in any society and I wanted to know what I could do to have some impact.
One night a very good friend and I had a discussion about a number of things while out for a coffee and we spoke about domestic violence. He told me that he was an Ambassador and the work he was doing. I was impressed that he had such a positive contribution to his community and I decided to accept his nomination to join White Ribbon Campaign.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
I am a member of the WA State Committee, have undertaken fundraising campaigns like “Walk A Mile in her Shoes”, the HBF Fun Run for White Ribbon and the White Ribbon Gala Ball.
I have also taken on speaking engagements to promote White Ribbon to a variety of audiences. And wherever possible, I tell my contacts that I am an Ambassador, which always spurs on more questions about the campaign and the work we are doing.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
As an Ambassador it’s important because whatever the issue or situation, the matter of gender cannot form part of any consideration in modern society. In my eyes men and women are as capable as each other and should be considered equals.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
In my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador, I hope the people I meet get to understand a bit more about the work we are doing and that the issue of domestic violence reduces year by year. Also to increase the profile of the WA State Committee is important additional goal.
Additionally, I hope the work I do inspires my sons to be better men, better fathers and wonderful husbands.