Ambassador Q&A: Steve Martin
White Ribbon Ambassador Steve Martin and Mayor of Devonport, Tasmania, is an active participant and campaigner for White Ribbon in his local community and passionate about the cause.
What is your day job?
I am the Mayor, City of Devonport, Tasmania
How long have you been a White Ribbon Ambassador?
Why did you decide to become an Ambassador?
I feel that men have a responsibility to stop domestic violence and especially violence against women and children. Statistics show that domestic violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men, and as men we should stand up and speak up, sending a clear message that this is abuse should stop. I’m not just talking about physical violence, but also social, economic and mental violence.
In what ways have you been involved in the White Ribbon Campaign?
Over the past three years I have presented several community talks, promoted the objectives of White Ribbon and assisted in fundraising activities. I have also been involved with the Soroptimist International Devonport, Zonta International and Inner Wheel Mersey, organising the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event which involved all emergency service representatives (Fire, Ambulance, Army, Navy and Police) and members of the public participating in a walk around the Devonport CBD.
We asked our community to sign and write a message on paper hand prints which were all joined together, to extend along our CBD Mall. A personally signed hand print from the 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, was also received and included. We had over 1700 hand-printed, joined hands to promote that Family violence is not OK.
Why is Gender Equality important to you as an Ambassador?
I believe people should not be discriminated against as a result of gender; instead they should be treated equally. Each individual has something to offer and each individual should be provided with the same opportunities and rewards.
What goals do you hope to accomplish as an Ambassador in the future?
To improve the understanding of why domestic violence is not OK, why it has such a negative impact not just on the victim, but also on families and the community at large. I hope to encourage a culture so that men are able to stand up and speak out against violence.