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 take action and change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence. To wear a white ribbon is to promise to never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
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 sign up to the White Ribbon pledge
Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:
“We are fully committed to supporting the White Ribbon campaign and making a real difference. For many years we have helped raise awareness and will continue to do so for years to come.
“This year we are encouraging even more people to sign up to the White Ribbon pledge and take a stand. To help raise awareness we are having 16 Days of Action starting on Thursday 25 November.
“Violence against women and girls will not be accepted, and we all need to come together to help make a difference.”
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 are able to 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.
Individuals can join over 37,000 others who have signed the White Ribbon UK pledge and get more information on the White Ribbon website.
To become an ambassador or champion, go to the White Ribbon website.
Follow White Ribbon UK on twitter: @WhiteRibbon_UK.