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As a Chief Executive Officer of the Muslim Women Association, Maha has been a leading advocate for Muslim women for more than two decades. She has been working to help give Muslim women safety and assurance in difficult and trying circumstances. She has also been working to empower women and promote harmony between multicultural communities.
As an Ambassador, I believe gender inequality is the underlying and leading cause of the abuse and violence toward women. To eliminate the abuse and violence, the inequality needs to be eliminated. Read more
In my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador, I hope the people I meet get to understand a bit more about the work we are doing and that the issue of domestic violence reduces year by year. Read more
Juliana is active in her community as Ballarat Health Services Board Director and working as a School Teacher. Juliana has a strong interest in public policy, particularly in the areas of health, education and women. She is passionate about issues of access and equity; and supporting the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.
Too many times I have seen men not take responsibility for their behaviours and simply avoid taking steps to do the right thing and stop. The impact for such men is that they lose out too! Read more
Jenny is Shadow Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault. She is a long-time champion of equality, rejecting racism, discrimination and abuse. In her public service career Jenny worked for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Social Justice Coordination Section, where she assisted in drafting and consulting on the Department’s Agenda for Women.
Alanna is the Founder of Women in Safety which is dedicated to supporting women in general in times of need.
Alex became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Zoe is a passionate young woman from Melbourne, Victoria. She is determined to make a change in her local and wider community, with regards to the attitude both men and women have towards domestic violence. She wants to empower women to stand up and speak out and encourage men to make domestic violence a man’s issue too.
Cassandra is a proud White Ribbon Advocate. Her passion is to prevent violence against women, because of her personal experience of family and domestic violence.
With many women dying each year at the hands of violence, Samantha wanted to stand up and help make a difference. She believes that together we all need to take a stand in order to build a future free from violence.
For over 30 years, Cintra has been a member of Zonta International to empower women and girls worldwide. She is also a Co-Convenor of the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast Committee since its inception in 2008. She became a White Ribbon Advocate to stand alongside Ambassadors to raise awareness in the community that men’s violence against women is never acceptable.
Amy became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
My passion for supporting students in their wellbeing as well as academically has placed me in a great position to further assist and empower young men in understanding their ability to have an influence in behaviour change within their society.
Anila comes from a diverse multicultural background. She understands and recognises the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse women and children.
Jen is The Beauty Bank founder, Executive Officer of the MARCS Institute, Mum, foster carer and was the 2016 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year. A survivor of domestic violence, she is passionate about motivating and educating others on the effects of domestic violence and the power of resilience and how everyone can change someone else’s world. She also sits on the NSW Government’s Corporate Leadership Advisory Group, which aims to address domestic and family violence from a workplace setting.
There is no place on campus for sexual violence of any sort and I welcome the national role White Ribbon plays trying to address men’s violence against women.
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Gender equality is important to me as an Ambassador because everybody has the right to be the best expression of themselves in today’s society, to be supported throughout their lives and to have a safe and secure environment in which to do so. Read more
Asha leads the regional Aboriginal Corporation (SAC), which provides services and programs that address the Noongar peoples’ needs and aspirations in cooperation with other community and business organisations. She has worked across all levels of the organisation, from grassroots to a CEO. In 2017, Asha received the Albany Citizen of the Year award and also became a finalist of Telstra WA Business Women’s Award.
Kirsten is passionate about being a White Ribbon advocate because she wants to see a nation in which every woman and girl lives free from violence, has the freedom to make decisions and choices of their own and receives equal pay for the same work.
I have been in the NSW Police Force for over 10 years and been in the role of Crime Prevention and Community Safety Officer for over six years. I see far too much domestic violence occur within all cultures and community groups, it does not discriminate. I have witnessed, been a victim and investigated this type of violence and it has to stop!
Sarah wants to use her story to inspire others. She’s passionate about ending domestic violence and wants to share her life experience with others to encourage and inspire.
Dani became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Women are the solid rock in the families and the leaders in their communities. Gender equality that is genuine and respects the foundations of fairness and equality creates a better world for everyone, that is what I believe in. Read more
Respect for women is a vital element of responding to FDV which ultimately is about attitudes and power and control. Read more
Katrina is a White Ribbon Advocate and Lifestyle Planner in the Far North Coast of NSW. She’s a huge believer of giving back to the community. Her passion for being an advocate comes from her upbringing in a lower socio-economic community in a small rural town. She hopes to help others with similar backgrounds in every way possible. Here’s to a safer community free a violence. Not violent not silent!
Anne has spent her working life in drug and alcohol services, Indigenous Health and in the Federal Department of Health. Her positions have supported women and children impacted by domestic violence. Currently she works to support young homeless people on the Central Coast, providing support and assistance with an emphasis on developing the personal and living skills needed to sustain independent living.
Chloe became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Lucy became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
As a survivor of domestic violence, Felicity’s goal is to help change perceptions and attitudes, and encourage public support of those who have experienced the darkest of days.
Tori has been working in the domestic violence sector for nearly two decades. She believes educating the community in how to challenge attittudes is a powerful way to stop violence against women. She considers her role as a White Ribbon Advocate to further enable her to help bring positive change to this issue.
Michelle became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Being a past victim of domestic violence, it is now Sarah’s passion to ensure that all women and children are safe. She endeavours to increase understanding and positive changes to legislation to protect all victims and prevent violence.
I am passionate about this cause because no one should be the recipient of any domestic violence in any form. We should be a respectful and patient society that supports each other.
The abuse of an older family member is domestic violence both in principle and law. The issues are the same, it is a misuse of power in a relationship causing harm to the sufferer. Read more
Lucy became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Alexandra became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Kristy is passionate about raising awareness of the prevention of violence against women and children. She is also equally passionate about men being made accountable for their perpetration of abuse. Kristy is fortunate to work with women and children who have experienced domestic violence and to also facilitate men’s behaviour change programs.
Without the societal change family violence will continue. We need to continue to organise, advocate and act towards systemic social change. Read more
As a White Ribbon Advocate, DV survivor, mother and educator, Suzee is passionate about educating youth at the grassroots level about being respectful. She believes as adults it is up to us to help to break the cycle of violence that continues to be an epidemic in our society and to be positive role models for the young men and women in our communities. You are not alone. We will stand together ‘Not Violent, Not Silent’.
For the past decade I have worked in child protection services and have seen first hand the impact of mens violence on women and children. This is an all of community issue that requires an all of community response and we each need to play our part.
Jennifer played an active part in gaining White Ribbon Accreditation for her organisation, which gave her a broad understanding of the devastating effect domestic and family violence has in communities. She also recognised the important role of workplaces in supporting, building and creating social change. She’s a passionate advocate of respectful relationships, and creating a safe work environment.
Donna is passionate and honoured to be a voice in the social campaign to prevent men’s violence against women and she hopes to help provide a platform to youth to also have a voice in the movement.
It was really important for me to take that step because, while I have been actively involved in White Ribbon events and activities for many years, and men’s violence prevention programs, I had always considered myself an ambassador in all the work and interactions that I have. Read more
Through lived experience, Bianca has found her passion in creating awareness, promoting change and providing support to all impacted by violence.
I truly believe in White Ribbon’s inspiring message and I thought that by aligning myself with such a worthwhile cause, I could start making a real difference in confronting issues within the community. Read more
Teagan is an author, speaker and business owner currently working to create high performing diverse and inclusive workplaces in the resource, energy and construction industries.Teagan is proud to be an Advocate working with women and men to eradicate violence in our communities, workplaces and personal relationships.
The Mid North Coast Local Health District is proud to be a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace and I am wholeheartedly committed to my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador.
As an Ambassador I wanted to influence change within the community on family violence and the role men can play to decrease family violence. Read more
Most importantly, I bring the campaign home. I run my own, small primary prevention program with three people: my partner, Emma, our son, Oscar and daughter, Freya. They see how I’m involved in the campaign and they are really proud. Read more
Kristen is a single mum to two young boys and is passionate about changing the state of family and domestic violence in Australia for the next generation. She’s proud to be a White Ribbon Advocate and to be able to stand up and speak out about this critical issue.
Lisa became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
A qualified governance professional, Yasmin assisted in the establishment of a Northern Territory White Ribbon Committee. She has organised events to raise funds and awareness for the prevention of violence against women, and given talks to school children and in remote Aboriginal communities to promote gender equality and prevent domestic violence.
Katherine is passionate about supporting societal and systemic change required to address the root causes of men’s violence against women. As she challenges the behaviours and attitudes that lead to gender inequality and stereotypes that negatively impact women, she supports positively engaging men to be part of the solution. As men and women, we are human. As men and women, we are equal.
Rachael is passionate about advocating for justice and equity in society. Addressing and preventing violence against women is critical to protecting the human rights of Australian women and children. She believes men and women have to stand together to stop violence against women – which is why she is also passionate about being a White Ribbon Advocate.
Mischa has represented White Ribbon at a number of events. She’s a firm believer in making good come from bad. She believes that by being pro-active by providing education and awareness on the issue of abuse, we can prevent men’s violence against women. By challenging what people may be seeing or experiencing at home, cultural norms and/or peer influences we can help shape the future generations.
Leila became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Tamara became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
I wanted to be a White Ribbon Ambassador to demonstrtae my commitment to ending violence against women. This is particularly important in the Pacific where around three quarters of women report being abused.
I have made it my mission to respect women, to care for women, and to encourage others to do the same. I do this so that no other person has to experience what I, and my family, went through. Not now, not ever.
A few years ago I befriended a young woman who I later found out had been sexually assaulted. Seeing the impact of the attack deeply moved me and I decided I wanted to support men to choose nonviolence. Read more
Lynda has been working in local government since 2001 in areas of corporate and community development. Lynda is an active member of the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Committee, promoting cultural change to prevent domestic & family violence and abuse towards women and girls.
I have held many events in workplaces, community and the parliament to raise awareness. These events have been educational about the campaign and engaged men to understand that violence against women is unacceptable. Read more
Caroline became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Sue is passionate about making a difference in her community and globally as a White Ribbon Advocate and a Rotarian in Central Queensland.
I am a firm believer and strongly value healthy loving relationships and families, where a man and a woman are equal. I believe if you have healthy productive families, than you will have healthy productive communities.
Emma is a single mother of a young daughter with significant special needs. She is also a survivor of family violence and breast cancer and has been actively engaged in advocacy for the past three years.
There’s strong evidence that the more we support fathers to embrace their new vision of masculinity, the more we can move towards gender equality in our communities. Read more
As a career police officer, I have firsthand knowledge of the harm caused through men’s violence against women. I also know that by working together, we can make a difference and deliver improved community safety.
Kim endured several years of domestic violence before gaining the strength to flee for her life. She is now a committed advocate, accredited speaker and lobbyist, working to raise awareness and fight for better protection for victims and survivors. As a White Ribbon Advocate, Kim hopes to inform, motivate and empower victims and survivors to see their options and potential. She also strives to educate others, in the push to work towards social change to eliminate domestic violence.
Katie became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Sarah is passionate about bringing a holistic change to the nature of domestic violence and hopes to eradicate this issue. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Social Science at WSU. Her goal is to work in family law or as a domestic violence support worker to improve the legal system.
Kathryn is a White Ribbon Advocate and Marketing Manager at a global digital and technology organisation. She’s passionate about her role at White Ribbon because she sees examples of how women are treated either differently or with less respect than men everyday. She’s passionate about encouraging people to have open conversations about how we all have a role to play in ensuring women are safe to lead lives free from disrespect and violence.
As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I acknowledged that we are not the same, and it’s okay to be different, but being different should not make us any different in how we are treated. This is why I believe that gender equality is so important. Read more
If we really are to fulfill our national potential, then we must ensure that half the population does not feel excluded from the opportunities of the 21st century. Read more
I have been working with men, as a men’s facilitator and counsellor, for 15 plus years and am proud to wear a White Ribbon Ambassador Ribbon to show my commitment and support to a great cause.
Jacinta is doing her Bachelor of Law and Criminology, and is currently a full-time serving member of the Royal Australian Navy. As a survivor from domestic violence, Jacinta is passionate about White Ribbon and feels it’s important to stand up and be vocal about this issue.
With gender equality comes gender respect. With gender respect comes a better understanding of one another which will lead to a reduction in gender violence, in particular violence against women. Read more
It’s about being active in addressing the attitudes and behaviours that lead to men’s violence against women, as well as being about changing our culture and educating men in particular to change the way we treat women in our society. Read more
As a father of two male children and working with the community I became an Ambassador to try and influence change in male behaviour and attitudes.
Amber is a passionate White Ribbon advocate. She believes it is always important to stand up and speak out against any forms of abuse, and always say yes to respect.
Ten or 15 years ago, more common forms of abuse by technologies might have been threats and harassment by SMS or email. Today, abuse by technology is much broader and more insidious. Read more
In this modern and progressive world we still have a very dark undercurrent that lies just beneath the surface. I will stand for women as long as there is a misappropriate level of violence against them.
Emma is a Federal Member of Parliament and broke with tradition to reveal her personal story of domestic violence in her White Ribbon Day speech, on the floor of Parliament in November 2015. This had an impact around Australia and the world. She has been active in supporting the Women’s Health Centre and Refuge movement and uses her position in Federal Parliament to advocate for change for survivors of domestic violence.
As an Obstetrics and Gynaecology doctor, Angela witnesses the negative health impacts of sexual assault and family violence on women from all walks of life. She believes that the White Ribbon social movement has given her the strength to speak out after her personal experiences.
In my opinion, respect, true respect that transcends symbolism or semantics, is the cornerstone of this movement. Respect is impossible without a genuine commitment to equality. Read more
Danielle is passionate about promoting, educating and engaging the community on the prevention of violence against women.
My role as a White Ribbon Ambassador facilitates the discussion with our own people, our clients, stakeholders and other debt industry leaders in developing better responses to those consumers experiencing financial hardship including where domestic violence is the contributing reason.
As CEOs and leaders we are responsible for challenging unacceptable behaviour in our workplaces – from colleagues and clients, as well in our wider communities.
Juliana became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
I have realised that violence against women and children won’t stop unless men join hands together and campaign against it. Which was one of the biggest reason in me becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador. Read more
Karoline is passionate about preventing domestic and family violence and is keen to work in new and different ways to achieve that goal. She believes it is vital to include men in conversations and engage the community to work together to stop domestic and family violence in Australia.
Kate is passionate about reducing violence in our community. She believes in the efficacy of prevention programs, perpetrator accountability and behaviour change programs. She also believes it is possible to be compassionate whilst creating a culture of accountability. It is important to continue the discussion and educate the community about family violence and trauma recovery.
Katherine has completed a Bachelor of Arts and is currently completing a Masters of Laws (JD) at Deakin University. She currently works as a legal assistant in the western suburbs of Melbourne and decided to become an advocate as she has witnessed domestic violence first hand and believes wanting to create change is pointless unless you are prepared to help others change.
Kathy became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Rupinder is a survivor of domestic violence and her mission and vision is to promote safety and the empowerment of women so that communities can be strong. She was recently Elected as Deputy Chairperson for AWECC (Albury Wodonga Ethnic Community Council) and recently graduated from New Emerging Community Leadership Program. She pledges to dedicate herself to promote the welfare of the community and to promote the safety of women.
As a survivor, Rachel has dedicated 12 years to speaking out, educating and creating awareness and change. Her first step was volunteering with Amnesty to sell White Ribbons in 2006. Rachel thrives on motivating young people to change behaviours and challenge stereotypes through respectful relationships programs. She is a resilient and engaging advocate for victims without a voice. Rachel is excited to work together with Ambassadors and Advocates to bring forth solutions on a national scale with White Ribbon.
As a woman who has lived a life that encompassed many aspects of love, fear, peace, violence and hope, Danni now feels loved, safe, strong and empowered. She believes it is her responsibility to share her learnings with others to engage men in the prevention of men’s violence against women.
I kept thinking ‘if this can happen in public, what’s happening behind closed doors?’ As I began researching more and came across the damning statistics, I knew I wanted to get more involved in the prevention campaign. Read more
As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I’m passionate about playing my part in the eradication of this vile epidemic which has devastated our communities for many years.
Kimberley became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Pam is proud to be a White Ribbon Advocate as she believes it is only with community support that we can bring about the social change we are seeking. She has a special interest in the Breaking the Silence Schools program and is making efforts in directing interested schools into the program.
A qualified governance professional, Yasmin assisted in the establishment of a Northern Territory White Ribbon Committee. She has organised events to raise funds and awareness for the prevention of violence against women, and has given talks to school children in remote Aboriginal communities to promote gender equality and prevent domestic violence.
If we can achieve gender equality within our Communities, our Communities will be strong, Families will be strong, and therefore Country will be strong. Read more
Gillian is a passionate advocate for preventing men’s violence against women and children and is determined to make a difference and contribute in whatever way possible. Gillian believes violence against women starts with disrespect and an imbalance of power and equality. In the words of Lt General David Morrison: “the standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”
Louise works with traumatised children and at a young women’s shelter. She’s passionate about empowering women and advocating for people in need, while giving them the skills and resources to advocate for themselves. She applied to become an Advocate because she strongly believes in everyone’s right to live free from abuse and harassment.
Kristiana became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Not only am I privileged as a medic to be able to provide an avenue of confidentiality, understanding and support, but as a Leading Seaman I am also able to demonstrate and promote acceptable behaviours and the need for change. Read more
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. Read more
I am passionate about the prevention of violence against women and doing what I can to support the work of the White Ribbon Foundation.
The NSW Police Force continues to improve our workplace polices which target gender equality, attitudes and behaviours towards women, while always encouraging the highest ethical standards. Read more
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. Read more
One of my goals as a White Ribbon Ambassador is to advocate our government to secure funding and inclusion of the Breaking the Silence Schools Program to be made available to every school across Australia. Read more
Sally is a speech pathologist working in community health in Benalla. She is passionate about being a White Ribbon Advocate as she sees the impact of family violence on children’s development and women’s self esteem.
Madhuri is a counsellor and devoted to working with people who are facing difficulties in their relationships. In the country she was raised in, she watched the frequent mistreatment of women in her society. This observation made her eager to work with an organisation to prevent men’s violence against women.
Lisa is proud to be a White Ribbon Advocate and be part of the White Ribbon campaign to prevent men’s violence against women. She’s also proud of the Department for Education and Child Development for their continued involvement in the campaign and for their leadership commitment to the White Ribbon Workplace program.
Marion is deeply committed to being part of the solution in the prevention of violence against women and children.
I hope to be able to continue being a positive role model for young men, both on and off the racetrack, and that I can be part of the solution that ends violence against women. Read more
When given the opportunity to share my story, men’s violence against women and talk of the White Ribbon Organisation, I do so. I am progressing ideas and will attempt to roll them out as soon as possible. I wear a white ribbon on my hat every working day which encourages the public to ask questions about WR.
Mellissa became White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
I come from a background where the intelligence and independence of women is highly valued. I think that gender equality is very important, having grown up with a bit of a trailblazer mother and having heard and seen examples of male privilege my whole life.
Kate became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
In my role as a White Ribbon Ambassador, I will aim to continue educating our younger generation, make them aware about the issue of men’s violence against women, and empower them to stand up and say it is not okay. Read more
Despite the best efforts of police in responding and investigating such offences it is not enough to reduce or change the behavior of men. That’s why I decided that we need to dramatically change the acceptance of domestic violence happening within our community. Read more
Carolyn believes that community change is about taking a step forward to make a difference. As individuals, we can change the shape of our community by becoming actively involved and saying enough is enough. Carolyn wants to show partners and children that there is another way to live which allows our children to grow and thrive.
Lorelle became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Michelle became White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
As an Ambassador, father and as a man, I am committed to being an active contributor to the process of change, to ensure that Gender Equality is not just a distant vision but a reality. Read more
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. Read more
Ragina is passionate about women’s affairs including health and safety and the prevention of men’s violence against women.
Natalie is a passionate advocate for preventing men’s violence against women. Drawing from her personal experience, she wishes to contribute to helping others in such situations. Natalie strongly believes she can constructively contribute to the change White Ribbon is driving on a community and strategic level.
Family Violence is everyone’s business and standing together means just that. We must stand as one, to stamp out violence and use our voices to shine a light on gender issues and violence against children and women.
Violence is unacceptable, that’s the simple message of why I passionately support the work of White Ribbon Australia. Read more
We know it is a small number of men who are the perpetrators of domestic violence and the majority of men can have a beneficial influence on the minority. That means accentuating the role men should play in loving, respectful and equal relationships with women. Read more
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. Read more
What I consider rewarding is seeing the changes being made through new government initiatives particularly toward perpetrator response programs and being a part of those changes. Read more
Being a survivor of a brutal domestic violence attack, Simone is making a stance for all women and children to speak up and make a change.
I hope to work with others to ensure that women are treated equally, are respected and are safe. That each action I take personally and in inspiring others to take action will lead to safer communities and a culture where women are treated with equity. Read more
Manjula is a Psychiatrist working in Melbourne CBD with more than three decades experience. Her passion is to promote community based activism to help support migrant communities take ownership of preventing men’s violence against women. Moving towards that goal she has led a number of Victorian and Federal government funded action research projects in the South Asian community
Cheryl witnesses the effect of trauma on young people everyday. She is passionate about giving people a voice to speak out to break the control of past experiences.
I want my beautiful daughter to have the same opportunities for success that my boys will take for granted. And I want her to be in the best possible kinds of relationships – those in which respect and dignity are shared. Read more
Anne is a Family and Independent Children’s Lawyer. She sees the pervasive nature of domestic violence and the potentially lifelong detrimental effect it has on both victims and children through her work. Her experience gives her the opportunity to make a difference and to raise the profile of needs in the community in terms of domestic violence. She’s currently working to promote gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in preventing violence against women.
Chelsea is a full time social work student who is passionate about a nation in which every woman can live in safety, free from abuse.
Olivia is community minded and would like to see a world free of Violence against women and children, including changes to the law system to ensure women are properly advocated for and protected.
Sharon Orapeleng is a tireless community advocate for social inclusion and social justice with passion for raising community awareness on issues of mental health, domestic violence, diversity, equity and equality. She is a Principal Consultant at Psyched Solutions, providing community mental health awareness training including Mental Health First Aid, event hosting, youth mentoring, and cultural diversity talks and training.
I am passionate about educating young people on expecting mutual respect through safe and caring relationships.
I decided to become a White Ribbon Ambassador to actively challenge, prevent and raise awareness about violence against women and children.
Equality is about mutual respect and this starts at a very young age. I would like respectful relationships education embedded into our primary schools. Read more
Gender equality exposes the impact of power (overt or covert) as it affects women and girls to reach their full potential. Read more
Men can change their behaviour and the majority of family violence perpetrators are willing and want to change. It is the responsibility of other men to influence their fellow men to take the steps to stopping family violence. Read more
I think gender equality is the beginning of everything we stand for. Without equality, our work would be 100 times harder to achieve our goal. Read more
“My Story” is both emotional and confronting and hard for me to retell. But I also realise that it is this honesty that resonates with people and that this is the best way to get the message out. Read more
Rebecca is an Advocate for White Ribbon, an Ambassador of Our Watch and CEO of The Poulson Family Foundation. Her story is a powerful, unforgettable story about tragedy, grief – and hope. Changes in domestic violence laws have been directly attributed to Rebecca’s efforts. Rebecca is the single mother of three beautiful children aged eight years and under.
I realised that so many of the clients and young people coming into our services were impacted by family violence and that I, as a male leader, needed to also stand up about this issue. Read more
I am a father, partner and son. I am unable to change the past so I am to influence the future.
Brianna has a handful of experiences in media, technology and consulting and is proud to continue spreading the White Ribbon message as an Advocate.
I’m trying to help men own this issue and own the solution. I’ve spoken at community events, in the public sector and in the private sector.
I believe that gender equality creates an open and friendly environment to address gender discrimination and gender biases which give rise to violence against women. Read more
I became an Ambassador to be a role model for the people that I interact with in everyday work and life generally. I felt like I needed ‘to make a stand’ to prevent men’s violence against women. Read more
Domestic Violence affects all walks of life regardless of gender or race. Every person whether female or male has a right to live free of violence. Read more
Renee became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
I believe that we as men need to keep up the conversation relating to ending domestic and Aboriginal family violence going until we seen an it end to this in all of our communities. Read more
Suzanne is the Project Lead for Eldercare’s White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. She looks forward to continuing to support White Ribbon and raise awareness of the issue of violence against women. Suzanne seeks to make changes to the legal system to better support women to remain resilient and make perpetrators accountable.
Robyn is passionate about being an Advocate as she previously experienced the impacts of family violence. Her mission is to educate and bring awareness to women that domestic violence against women is not ok and there is help out there
Rosanna is extremely passionate about being a White Ribbon Advocate as she suffered severe trauma to the brain as a result of domestic violence and wants to help many others. She strongly believes in fighting domestic violence starts with being a peaceful warrior.
Rowa has worked in the social housing sector for over fifteen years, helping women escape from violent relationships and working with families in crisis, seeing the impacts domestic violence has on families and community has made her very passionate about being an Advocate for White Ribbon Australia.
Shelley is proud to be an Advocate working with White Ribbon Australia to eliminate violence against women and create a safer community for all.
I have seen first hand the devastating effect that domestic violence can have on a family, from the loss of life to ongoing problems for the effected children. It is my responsibility as a man in 2017 to stand up and speak out against domestic violence against women
I have been involved in White Ribbon for several years having previously been associated with organisations in crime prevention with an emphasis on domestic violence. If I can save one life by spreading the message then I will feel satisfied I have contributed to a very worthwhile cause.
I believed that through becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador I would be able to share with the following generations the fact that I am, and that my generation are, willing to listen and acknowledge that a change is needed. Read more
As a survivor of domestic violence, I was shocked to find out so many people in our community, at the time knew, what was going on but never intervened and never spoke up.
I hope to educate as many and as far as possible to accept everyone equal regardless of their looks, colour, gender or physical strength. Read more
Rangi is a mother, a professional and a passionate speaker & advocate for change. She is committed to being part of the White Ribbon social change movement to prevent men’s violence against women and hopes to see this occur within a generation.
As a survivor of domestic violence, Chenae would like nothing more than to help women find their voices and postiively engage men to be part of the solution to end men’s violence against women.
Jessica is a child protection caseworker in the Newcastle Joint Investigation Response Team. As a White Ribbon Advocate, Jessica is a trained female representative of White Ribbon to prevent men’s violence against women. She has witnessed firsthand the impact domestic violence has on women and their children, and hopes that as a White Ribbon Advocate she can be a voice for women who cannot speak for themselves.
Marianne is an educational leader who believes that all of our children should grow up in a world free from violence. She believes that in order to achieve this, we must prevent men’s violence against women. Through the promotion of gender equality, healthy respectful relationships and the engagement of men, Marianne believes we can make a difference to the lives of future generations.
For the past 5 years, Sadhana has spearheaded the Walk a Mile event, raising awareness of the issue of domestic violence and raising funds for the White Ribbon Schools program. She is passionate about ensuring that the issue of violence against women, or anyone for that matter continues to stay in the forefront of discussions and legislation changes and that our education programs create respectful relationships which over a period of time will have a generational impact on this issue
As a passionate advocate for White Ribbon, healing arts, wellbeing and education, Tara feels privileged to connect with people in a way that allows her to fulfil her heart’s purpose. Her journey as an art therapist and educator has evolved through her ever growing love of the arts, lived experiences and a strong desire to use her skills and knowledge to make a difference in this life.
Kiesha is a mother of two boys from Queensland. She’s passionate about White Ribbon, and excited to be an advocate. Kiesha has experienced domestic violence and she’s wanting to help raise awareness in our community’s of the scale of this problem and that it’s everyone’s issue! We all need to Stand up and Speak out!
Storm became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Vanessa is the Executive Director Offender Development, South Australian Department for Correctional Services. She has been the Director of the SA Office for Women and the Director of Yarrow Place, Rape and Sexual Assault Service. Vanessa was a member of the Parole Board of South Australia for nine years and a member of the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.
Domestic violence is such a huge issue and I believe that this inequality plays a big part in contributing to the abuse that women experiencing in relationships.
Whether it’s a woman you don’t yet know, or a woman you will never know. We need to act and encourage everyone in society to let go of attitudes and behaviours that oppress and control women. Read more
As a young person who joined the White Ribbon Australia Ambassador’s Team whilst in High School, I can say without a doubt that the work that we do as Ambassadors makes a substantial impact on people in our communities.
Michelle is a secondary school teacher and a law student. She wants to use her personal journey to help others; to create a positive outcome as a result of her experience. She wants to make a difference and spread the word to facilitate change and increase awareness. Michelle wants to help protect the vulnerable and to empower others, and to be part of a community where women are treated as equals and never have to fear for their safety.
I believe that male violence against women is driven by inequality. All men need to work toward changing attitudes that justify the use of violence and intimidation as a tool to perpetuate this inequality.
As an Ambassador I am passionate about changes taking place now, as well as for the next generation and the ones after that. Read more
I am a White Ribbon Ambassador because I want to change men’s attitudes. I want my daughters to grow up expecting to be treated equal to men and to live safely and free from all forms of men’s abuse.
Penelope is a survivor of domestic violence. She is a true leader of people and operations. She has been recognised as an innovator with unsurpassed drive and passion. She continues to receive accolades for her vision and entrepreneurship, including being named the 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Woman of the Year for the Social Enterprise and Not-for-Profit category. Her stamina, resilience and wicked sense of humour have carried her through extraordinary challenges.
Through my association with White Ribbon Foundation, I have also helped many young men overcome personal and professional challenges and helped them in conducting workshops to promote violence-free homes.
For too long I listened while men made those self-same arguments, ‘it’s not me’ or ‘it happens to men too’ or that most despicable of excuses ‘it’s just boys being boys’. All just excuses to keep doing nothing. Read more
As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I hope to become increase my involvement in the movement, and to continue to spread White Ribbon’s message to stand up for what I believe is right. Read more
Roslyn an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equality. A past personal connection to domestic violence and the experience of sharing of her ‘secret’ made her realise that all of us can make a difference.
I’m fortunate not to have a harrowing history of violence against a close relative or friend to galvanise me into action, but after hearing the first hand story of an Air Force woman who had experienced intimate partner violence I decided to do what I could to help stop violence against women. Read more
Vicky Welgraven is a proud Adnyamathanha woman from the Northern Flinders Ranges in South Australia and is a loving mother and wife. Vicky has worked in the Public Sector for the past 23 years (in both federal and state) where she has held a number of key positions including managing staff. Vicky is a person who is recognised and well respected not only in South Australia but also on a National and International Level.
My aspiration with White Ribbon is to continue to foster inclusivity, intentionally leverage such community energy to instrumentally and responsibly drive positive social change.
Mandy became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Tanya is passionate about being a White Ribbon Advocate because she believes that domestic violence is everyone’s business. Tanya firmly believes that we cannot tackle this huge issue properly unless we do it together. Her goal is to encourage everyone to think about the issue of domestic violence as much as possible.
As a manger for a homelessness service, I believe that as an Ambassador I can spread the word of White Ribbon among other community services, educate men on the different types of abuse and support victims. Read more
Shellie is a university student, a daughter, a sister, a teacher, a girlfriend, a friend and an artist. In her own walks of life, she has seen and heard both beautiful and terrible things about the treatment of women. She believes men’s violence against women is an unacceptable part of our society, and from casual sexism to extreme violence and manipulation she believes it’s time for it to end.
I hope in the future that we don’t have to campaign about men’s violence against women; I hope in society we see men’s violence as abnormal behaviour and gender equality as normal. Read more
In the past, I have witnessed the inequality within my own workplace in my time in the job, and believe that any initiative to eliminate bias against women is extremely important. Read more
Nama Winston is a writer and content producer at women’s news website Mamamia. She is passionate about gender equality, and strongly believes in the inclusion of women in the conversation to help stop men’s violence against women.
Lauren is personally committed to helping women in Australia experience true gender equality and be free from male violence and abuse. She believes that It is important that together we stand up and speak out together to eliminate the issue of men’s violence against women and she is looking forward to contributing to the solution.
Julie became a White Ribbon Advocate in October 2017. She is passionate about promoting gender equality, respectful relationships and the engagement of men in order to see a nation in which every woman lives in safety, free from men’s violence and abuse.
Since becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador I am able to take a united front with my wife in leading conversations with our three adult sons and two adult daughters about these issues.
In a professional and personal context, Donna advocates for gender equality and recognises issues affecting women in modern day society. Actively supporting White Ribbon since 2013, Donna is also currently serving as the Director of the Zonta Club Adelaide Flinders Board, empowering women through services and advocacy. As a White Ribbon Advocate, Donna dedicates herself in raising awareness for women experiencing domestic violence, alongside promoting equality and diversity.
What we are now seeing are levels of violence that not only impact on women but children, too. Children seeing men committing assaults against women and thinking it’s a normal process. We have to break that. Read more
Jill volunteers at Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre, and she’s passionate about the White Ribbon campaign.
Without denying that other perpetrators exist, men remain the most common and most damaging perpetrator of family violence. It is not right that only women confront this behaviour and this issue. Read more
Lina is a journalism and finance student at Monash University. She joined White Ribbon because she is passionate about fighting against domestic violence and helping other people. She hopes sharing her story will inspire others who are struggling.