Statement from the Chair of the White Ribbon Committee
July 2, 2013
White Ribbon asks men to never commit condone or remain silent about men’s violence towards women.
As part of the campaign men are nominated as White Ribbon Ambassadors to help influence other men by changing attitudes and behaviour.
These nominees must also sign a statement that they are living violence-free lives, disclose any previous convictions for violent or abusive behaviour, and declare that nothing in their past or current personal life would damage the credibility of the campaign.
Following the very public scrutiny over Sir Owen Glenn’s nomination, and the omission of certain facts that should have been presented to the White Ribbon Committee, I have received a letter from Sir Owen Glenn advising that he has withdrawn his nomination as a White Ribbon Ambassador.
Sir Owen maintains that his declaration on the application form is true and correct. In his letter he explains that the media coverage is “…nothing but a distraction from the important work both White Ribbon and the Glenn Inquiry are doing in relation to child abuse and domestic violence in New Zealand.”
Sir Owen goes on to say, “consequently I would ask that my application be withdrawn as a White Ribbon Ambassador”.
On behalf of the White Ribbon Committee, I have accepted Sir Owen’s decision, and appreciate that he has put the reputation and work of the White Ribbon Campaign at the forefront of his decision.
Sir Owen stands by his statement that he is living violence-free, and that he has no history of violence towards women or children. Unless there is evidence to the contrary, we must take Sir Owen at his word.
Men’s violence against women is at epidemic levels in our country. This is simply nothing to be proud about, and the White Ribbon Campaign will continue to ask men to stand up and influence other men.
White Ribbon Committee ChairFor media please contact Rob McCann White Ribbon Campaign Manager