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Ambassador Q&A: Mattthew Duggan

Matthew Duggan
April 2016

White Ribbon Ambassador Matthew Duggan looks to make a change and inspire the fight against violence against women, actively participating in marches and engaging with the local community.

What is your day job?

I am the Aboriginal Disability Focus Coordinator for the Victoria’s Department of Health & Human Services

How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?

I have been a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2013.

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?

As an Ambassador I wanted to influence change within the community on family violence and the role men can play to decrease family violence.

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

For consecutive years I have participated in the White Ribbon march. I also promote the significance of family violence within areas I am involved e.g. work, the community, my footy club.

Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?

Gender equality allows men and women to be equal and addresses the power imbalance that often results in family violence.

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

As an Ambassador, a goal of mine has always been to make a real impact on one person at a time. If I can help one person to understand that family violence exists, and what the potential effects are for young people in particular, then they will organically become an unofficial ambassador to pass that message onto someone else within their lives, and so on.

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