Rossendale Council helps Lancashire become the first White Ribbon County

Published October 13, 2017 at 13:20

Rossendale Council has made a commitment to ending violence against women and girls by signing up for White Ribbon status.

The local authority has joined others from across Lancashire, where all district councils and unitary authorities across the County now hold the accreditation.

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global effort of men working to end male violence against women.

By signing up, the Council has committed to help educate and raise awareness of violence against women and to engage men in the debate around the issue.

Supporters of the campaign are also asked to pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.

The Council will continue to work with Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw and Lancashire Police to support this important agenda.

Councillor Alyson Barnes, Leader of Rossendale Council, said:

I’m delighted we’ve been able to contribute to making Lancashire a White Ribbon County.  It’s important we all work together to put an end to violence against women and this campaign is vitally important.

Violence against women can come in all forms whether it’s domestic abuse or attacks on the street, but displaying the White Ribbon is a clear sign that we won’t stand for it.

By being accredited, we’ve taken another hugely important step towards helping to transform the lives of women and girls affected by violence.

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