Ambassador Q&A: Noel Mundy
White Ribbon Ambassador Noel Mundy and State Director of Mission Australia (Tasmania and Victoria) , exemplifies the coalescence of violence prevention work with that of frontline Domestic and Family Violence response.
What is your day job?
I am the State Director Tasmania and Victoria – Mission Australia.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I have been a White Ribbon Ambassador for approximately 12 months.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
There were a number of reasons that were behind my decision to become a White Ribbon Ambassador. I am a proud father of 3 daughters aged 15, 19 & 21 and I want to be a good example to them on how we should all treat one another but also talk to them about the impacts of Domestic and Family Violence. I am aware of the horrific rates of DFV particularly on women in their communities. We must speak out and be a strong advocate against such atrocities. In my work at Mission Australia we frequently see, firsthand, the impacts that DFV has and how it leads to homelessness, mental health issues, poverty, isolation etc. I want to be a strong voice that promotes an inclusive, happy and vibrant community.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
I proudly wear the White Ribbon Ambassador badge on my jacket. It is amazing the number of conversations that can be initiated when someone ask you what it represents. I see this as part of my advocacy role. I am the immediate-past President of the Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS) and last year we hosted “A conversation with Rosie Batty” which was a huge success in getting the message out and saying “Enough – we must join together to STOP DFV”. Mission Australia also hosted a number of internal events to focus on ‘White Ribbon Day’. This was again a great opportunity to discuss the issues relating to DFV and provide a space where open discussion, in a very sensitive way, was encouraged.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
I hold strongly to the belief that we are all created equal. There should be no difference between genders. We must focus on skills, experiences, attitudes, abilities and passion, not on gender, race, status or position. Some of the best minds, most dedicated and highly skilled and qualified people in Australia are women. What a waste if we are not using their talents to build stronger and inclusive communities, businesses and services.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
I look forward to the day when ‘an Ambassador’ is not required. We have a lot of work to do and I am keen to continue to be a strong voice, to join with other White Ribbon Ambassadors, promote the great advocacy of White Ribbon and say DFV is no longer acceptable!