Published November 18, 2020 at 15:38
Rossendale Borough Council have taken a stand to end all male violence against women by becoming White Ribbon Accredited. White Ribbon is a global campaign that encourages people, and especially men and boys, to individually and collectively 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 Rossendale Borough Council in their White Ribbon action plan include devising on line domestic abuse awareness raising training for all employees, recruiting White Ribbon ambassadors and champions to spread the message and raising awareness locally.
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 Rossendale Borough Council as one of our White Ribbon Accredited organisations. Together we can prevent violence happening in the first place”.
Adam Allen Director of Communities at the council said: “ The council are pleased to be working with White Ribbon and taking a lead in highlighting and educating people about this issue, and not just on White Ribbon Day itself the 25th November, but every day.
“Violence against women largely remains hidden and it’s important that men especially take a stand and speak against this behaviour wherever and whenever they see it. It’s an issue that affects us all, not just women.”
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 online at whiteribbon.org.uk.