“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015: Interview 4 – Steve Drew, 45, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our fourth “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad is Steve Drew from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Steve Drew is a business executive in the energy industry – focused on electricity and technology.  He is married to an Ecuadorian and the father of two well-travelled and balanced international kids. During free time, he volunteers to lead moderation of some of the largest speculative fiction and book-related sites on the web.  

Dad Daughter Zombie

1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

It’s the ability to share adventures every day, to rediscover life and what makes life so rewarding by helping a young girl and boy develop through experiences.  It has been so much fun and so rewarding to help direct energy, discover answers to questions, and to experience the world together.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My parents were unusual in that my dad’s background is in sales and my mom is a high-powered PhD. His daily influence was that women are truly equals in life. A rugged, sometimes gruff outdoors kind of gent who treated my mother and other women with an unusual level of equality.  Definitely unusual for his generation in the US.

Through him, I learned that this was a preferable way to approach life and that views other than equality were to be adjusted and, where appropriate, confronted.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

This is all about education and building on experiences at home.  Both my son and daughter are being raised in a balanced way – to respect rights of other people and to fight for what is right in life.

Violence against women is real and most definitely is not a “women’s issue” – even though it is women who are more often impacted by violence.  My kids know that it is their responsibility at school or play to take care of others when situations of bullying or violence or unkind behaviour arise.  To recognise situations and either intervene and/or reach out to the right people to help out.  To act as role models on how people should treat other people.

It’s been fun and rewarding to see them take action when action is needed.