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Our Watch welcomes new ambassadors Ben and Hester Brown

December 13 2018 By Our Watch

Kangaroos’ star forward and Tassie native, Ben Brown, and gender equality advocate and Registered Marriage Celebrant, Hester Brown have today been announced as Our Watch ambassadors.

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Our Watch CEO, Patty Kinnersly, said the husband and wife duo will support the work of the national organisation established to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children. 
 
“As strong advocates for social justice, Ben and Hester have continued to speak out about gender inequality and discrimination,” said Patty. 
 
“We are lucky to welcome two very inspiring ambassadors, who will further strengthen our ability to engage the community about the role we all play in preventing violence against women,” she added. 
Minister for Women, Jacquie Petrusma, said she was pleased with the appointment. 
 
"Eliminating family violence in Tasmania is a top priority for the Hodgman Government, and I welcome today’s announcement of the newest ambassadors for Our Watch, including Tasmania’s own Ben Brown," said Ms Petrusma.  
 
Ben and Hester said they want to use their new platform to put an end to violence against women and promote equality and respect.  
 
“We are so excited to be ambassadors for Our Watch. Striving to be strong and vocal advocates for gender equality and the prevention of violence against women is something we are extremely passionate about doing together,” said Ben. 
 
“A person’s gender shouldn’t change the opportunities they are afforded in life; everyone should be given the opportunity to realise their dream no matter what it is, be it playing professional sport, or becoming a CEO or a member of parliament. 
 
“No matter what the setting, we need to level the playing field, so we can create more opportunities for everyone. Gender equality is not a zero-sum game – everybody wins,” added Ben. 
 
“Gender inequality is a problem we need to address, for the sake of everyone. The evidence shows us that violence against women is linked to gender inequality,” added Hester. 
 
“We are concerned by the effect gender inequality has on equal opportunities for women, on men’s mental health, children’s wellbeing and the opportunities and safety of the gender diverse community. 
 
“Preventing violence and committing to gender equality is the responsibility of the whole community. 
 
“We all can, and should, take steps to tackle gender inequality; whether that’s being prepared to stand up against sexist comments, or by role modelling to our children and young people that all people are equal, regardless of gender,” said Hester. 
 
Ben and Hester Brown join existing Our Watch Ambassadors, including:  
  • Khadija Gbla, human rights advocate  
  • Rachel Kayrooz, survivor advocate, educator and public speaker  
  • Drisana Levitzke-Gray, 2015 Young Australian of the Year and Ambassador, Deaf Australia  
  • Ann O'Neill, Founder and Chair of angelhands, a victim support organisation, and survivor advocate   
  • Rebecca Poulson, writer, survivor advocate and public speaker  
  • Tarang Chawla, writer, story teller and survivor advocate    
  • Sue Salthouse, disability advocate and Canberra Citizen of the Year 2015  
  • Lucy Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission   
  • Chloe Shorten, communications specialist and member, Burnet Institute's Engagement Committee  
  • Arman Abrahimzadeh, survivor advocate and 2016 Young South Australian of the Year  
  • Alan Cransberg, Chair West Coast Eagles  
  • Andrew O’Keefe, media personality, presenter and entertainer  
  • Julia Zemiro, media personality, actor, presenter and writer  
  • Tasma Walton, media personality, actor, presenter and writer  
  • Charlie Pickering, television presenter and comedian. 
Media contact: 
Saraya Musovic, Senior Media & Communications Advisor – Engagement, Our Watch: 0407 091 383 

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline: 
 
“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000” 
 
To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit: www.ourwatch.org.au