North Lincolnshire Council has taken a stand to end all male violence against women by becoming White Ribbon accredited once again.
White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to act and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We are fully committed to supporting the White Ribbon campaign and making a real difference – violence against women and girls will not be accepted, and we all need to unite to help make a difference.
“This year we are encouraging even more people to sign up to the White Ribbon pledge and take a stand – violence is simply not acceptable and we should all be calling it out.”
This year White Ribbon Day falls on the same week of the start of the FIFA Men’s World Cup and highlights 11 traits that everyone can strive to incorporate in their everyday lives to help create a world of equality and safety for women and girls.
A key focus is raising awareness about the challenges women and girls face in male-dominated environments like a football stadium, places of work and public transport.
Commitments made by the council in its White Ribbon action plan include:
Raising awareness across North Lincolnshire communities
Carrying out 16 Days of Action from 25 November to 10 December
Encouraging people to play as a team and sign up to the White Ribbon pledge
Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK said, “Our call to end violence by raising awareness, educating, and campaigning to bring about change is greatly strengthened by working together with our White Ribbon accredited organisations.
“Our partners engage with many thousands of people to change the cultures that lead to violence against women and girls. We are delighted to welcome North Lincolnshire Council as one of our White Ribbon Accredited organisations. Together we can prevent violence happening in the first place.”
More than 100 organisations have received White Ribbon accreditation, including councils, police forces, fire and rescue services, health authorities, housing associations, schools, and universities. There is also a scheme for smaller organisations to become White Ribbon supporters.
People can join the tens of thousands who have signed the White Ribbon UK pledge and can find out more on the White Ribbon website or follow White Ribbon UK on Twitter.