Ambassador Q&A: Raglan Maddox
White Ribbon Ambassador Raglan Maddox is a proud advocate and actively engages in sharing the White Ribbon message in his everyday life.
What is your day job?
I am an uncle, brother and son, as well as an academic and a public servant.
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
I have been a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2014.
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
Domestic violence is preventable, but continues to have a significant impact on many families and many in our communities. My family has been directly impacted by domestic violence and this lived experience helps motivate me to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women. I decided to be a White Ribbon Ambassador to actively challenge, prevent and raise awareness about violence against women.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
I am formally and informally involved in the White Ribbon Campaign in numerous ways. Some examples include taking the Oath: I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women. I use this important Oath when public speaking or lecturing, and I outline some key statistics including that one in four children are exposed to domestic violence, and that on average, one women per week is killed due to intimate partner violence in Australia.
I have also had the opportunity to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship in Canada, the country where White Ribbon originated. This experience highlighted some challenges and the importance of maintaining momentum and staying focused for long periods to address domestic violence. Social change and shifting social norms can take time. Talking to our youth, young people and students about gender equality and domestic violence is particularly important as they will be our future leaders, providing a strong and lasting voice for what is ‘right’.
I also wear my White Ribbon throughout the year, not just on White Ribbon Day (25 November). This can be handy in providing a talking point – helping men, women and society more generally to discuss violence against women, ensuring we don’t remain silent on this challenging issue. I attend White Ribbon events, and sit on the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse White Ribbon Reference Group, providing support and advice regarding the White Ribbon Diversity Program.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
Gender equality is important to me personally, professionally and as an Ambassador. Males and females, men and women face different expectations everywhere and every day. This includes, but is not limited to how we should look, act, work and behave. Relationships, sex and gender in the family, workplace, community or the general public can also reflect and influence these expectations. I want to live in a world where my nieces, my sister and my mother can grow up and grow old with the same opportunities as everybody else.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
As an Ambassador I would like to write more articles, use social media and discuss gender equality more frequently, ensuring that gender equality also has a male led voice. I would also like to challenge more students and workplace champions to become better informed about gender equality, questioning and contesting some of the gender challenges we face in society today.