“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2015: Interview 11 – Dana Williams, 72, 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 2015 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 eleventh “30 For 30″ 2015 Dad is Dana Williams from the USA.


The Dad Bio

I was born in San Antonio, Texas. My father was in the military and my two brothers and I grew up mostly in France and England. I joined the Navy when I was 17 and was a jet mechanic. I’m retired from the U.S. Civil Service after 32 years. I worked many jobs but mostly was an industrial engineer while in the service. After I retired I worked as a truck driver to make ends meet. I rode motorcycles when I was well enough; I even had a baby seat attached to the back of one of my Harley’s. I have four daughters and one son.

DanaWilliams_Cropped1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

I cannot imagine not having my kids around – I would be so lonely in this world. The best thing now that I’m old is that I can count on them, and know I always can.

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?

It was always really clear to me that men were not supposed to be violent towards women. My father would not have allowed it.

He never allowed my brothers or me to talk back to our mama. None of us had to talk about it, it was just expected that we respected our mother the way our daddy respected her.

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?

Don’t just say your beliefs but live them. Hypocrisy is not the path of true men. Also, ensure your children respect their mother and expect them to do what’s right.