Ambassador Q&A: Pastor Nnadigwe
Pastor Ernest Nnadigwe
White Ribbon Ambassador and Pastor, Ernest Nnadigwe, shares the White Ribbon message through his work as a counsellor and community leader.
What is your day job?
I am a Counsellor (Domestic Violence and Relationship Counsellor) a Pastor and an African community leader.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I was appointed as a White Ribbon Ambassador on 30th June 2016.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I decided to be a White Ribbon ambassador because I have a passion to help men understand that violence against women and children is not only morally wrong but also portrays them as animals which deprives them of everything at the long run. I have been running domestic violence group for men since 2010. I also engage men on individual sessions to help them to change their behaviors to respectful behavior.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
I have been attending White Ribbon Day as part of the campaign to eliminate and stop violence against women since 30 November 2011.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
As an Ambassador, I believe that gender equality is fundamentally linked to sustainable development of any community. In my opinion, gender equality is vital to the realization of human rights not only for women and children but for the society at large. The indicator of the existence of gender equality in a community is where women and men enjoy the same opportunities, rights and obligations in all spheres of life.
With my experience as men domestic violence counsellor, and as a pastor I can only confirm gender equality between men and women when both sexes are able to share equally in the distribution of power and influence; have equal opportunities for financial independence through work or through setting up businesses; enjoy equal access to education and the opportunity to develop personal ambitions, interests and talents; share responsibility for the home and children and are completely free from coercion, intimidation and gender-based violence both at work and at home.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
The goals I hope to accomplish as an Ambassador are:
- To create awareness of impact of domestic violence in African communities religious bodies and wider Australian communities.
- To engage men in culturally appropriate counselling in other to invite them to change their behaviour to respectful behaviour.
- To educate the youth on the impact of domestic violence and the respectful conflict resolution.
- To create a pathway for men of culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek for help in dealing with their anger and mental health issues.
- To use my position to involve community leaders in the fight against domestic violence.