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Ambassador Q&A: Stephen Murphy

Stephen Murphy
October/November 2016

Western Australian White Ribbon Ambassador Stephen Murphy discusses the importance of workplaces fostering a culture of respect and equality for the benefit of all.

What is your day job?

I am currently the Defence Aviation Program Manager for Airflite Pty Ltd.

How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?

I became a White Ribbon Ambassador in 2011.

Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?

Previously, I was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force up until 2013. I became an Ambassador out of concern that the behaviors that were being highlighted within military
organisations were at least partly the result of ingrained culture, and that the most effective way to deal with the problem was to work to change the culture, and this could only happen with the support of senior leadership in our organisation.

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

Prior to my departure from the RAAF, I was able to present to local community organisations linked to the RAAF bases that I was serving at, as well as support the presentation of information sessions to military personnel. Since my departure from the RAAF in 2013 (and my relocation to WA), I’ve been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to present to small special interest groups to provide information on the White Ribbon Foundation. It was also an honour to represent White Ribbon at the recent ‘Walk a Mile’ event; a great deal of awareness raising, for a very serious cause.

Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?

Beyond the basic and obvious consideration of human rights, I feel that we men undervalue women’s undeniable ability to contribute equally to society at our own peril.

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

As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I hope to be successful in moving my company toward White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation. I also hope to have more opportunities to deliver the message that, while treating the symptom through the provision of support for the victims is vitally important, the epidemic of violence against woman has to be fought at the source; by getting the message to men.

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