Ambassador Q&A: Mark Green
White Ribbon Ambassador Mark Green highlights the significance of fatherhood, and positive male carers, in guiding young children to establish healthy, and respectful relationships to prevent the perpetration of violence towards women.
What is your day job?
I am currently the Manager of Grants, Sport and Recreation Infrastructure, for the Department of Premier and Cabinet, in Tasmania.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I first became a White Ribbon Ambassador in 2013. I had previously been aware of this social movement prior to starting my Ambassadorship journey, and thought it was time I contributed.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
There were a number of factors which led me to become a White Ribbon Ambassador. Firstly, it was a strong belief in the right of all people to live free from violence – and the positive roles males can play in preventing this violence.
Then, it was through witnessing the experiences of two colleagues from one of my previous workplaces. Both were profoundly affected by violence from male partners.
More recently, on becoming a father in 2009, it made me think about the values and beliefs I want to model for my son and daughter.
Becoming the Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation in 2011, further reinforced for me the crucial role that we all play in helping children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. In my professional role, I had the capacity to promote the significance of fatherhood, and positive male carers in making children’s environment safe and nurturing.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
In recent times, I have been part of Department of Premier and Cabinet’s commitment to gaining White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation. Part of my role has been to talk to areas with departmental staff about White Ribbon and that role Ambassadors play in the prevention of men’s violence against women. Those talks have generated much discussion about the role we can all play towards eliminating men’s violence against women, as a workplace and as individuals.
I have also appeared in media stories promoting White Ribbon, and will be speaking to a number of community organisations. I still recall my first talk to a local community organisation. Following my presentation, one woman came up to me to tell me she had only recently left a violent relationship after 25 years, and a man apologised for not being in the audience as it would have raised too many painful memories for him from when he was a child. They both wanted to talk to me at length about the important work of White Ribbon as an agent of change, in particular for boys and young men.
In my former role as CEO of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, whenever I spoke to events or conferences, I would discuss my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador and the importance of children growing up in safe, nurturing environments.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
One of the aspects of gender equality which particularly interests me, is the role of is fatherhood as a driver of change to eliminate inequality. There’s strong evidence that the more we support fathers to embrace their new vision of masculinity, the more we can move towards gender equality in our communities.
Entry into fatherhood is seen as a transformational journey that positively changes men and their relationship with their children and partners. The more involved a father is in the life of their children, the more likely they are to develop nurturing qualities, which we know is a consistent predictor of gender equality existing within the family constructs.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
- For my children to always see me as someone who treats others with respect, and is also prepared to make a public commitment to reducing violence against women.
- To support the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s ongoing commitment to the WR Workplace Accreditation Program.
- To advocate for changes in the way fatherhood is viewed