North Lincolnshire Council has taken a stand to end all male violence against women by becoming White Ribbon accredited once again.
White Ribbon Day is the internationally recognised day where men show their year-long commitment to ending violence against women and girls.
Being allies with women every day shouldn’t be underestimated — even the smallest actions can affect big change. This is the focus of White Ribbon Day 2023.
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We will consistently continue to support the White Ribbon campaign and make it clear that violence against women and girls will never be accepted.
“People can visit the White Ribbon website now and make their White Ribbon Promise – to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women.”
White Ribbon Day 2023 takes place on Saturday 25 November and this year individuals and organisations are encouraged to make consistent choices and actions to #ChangeTheStory for women and girls, so that they may live their lives free from the fear of violence.
Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK, shared that this day is an important time for reflection and action by men: “The reality is violence experienced by women is mostly perpetrated by men. We know that it’s not all men, but all men can #ChangeTheStory and challenge harmful attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate sexism and misogyny.
“White Ribbon UK works with men, in their communities and places of work, to understand what constitutes as violence and know how to appropriately respond and challenge it. Ending violence against women starts when we #ChangeTheStory and we need men leading this change with their family, friends and colleagues so that women may live their lives free from the fear of violence.”
North Lincolnshire Council is amongst the many organisations that have received White Ribbon accreditation, including other 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 find out about more about how individuals and organisations can support White Ribbon Day on the White Ribbon website.