Council backing White Ribbon Day campaign

Release Date: 01 December 2017

Men and boys have a crucial role to play in ending violence against women and girls. That is the message Richmond Council has for the borough this White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon Day is a male led campaign to end men’s violence against women and girls which originated in Canada in 1991. It is now active in more than 60 countries.

Council officers visited Waldegrave School in Twickenham today to raise awareness about violence against women and girls and promote healthy relationships amongst our teens.

This was part of sixteen days of action, from 25th November, UN International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day, to highlight the link between violence against women and human rights.

Cllr Mark Boyle, Cabinet member for Housing, Public Health and Community Safety said:

“Men and boys have a crucial role to play in reducing instances of violence and abuse against women and girls and it is important to engage with our teenagers early to raise awareness about healthy relationships.

“The Council is fully behind the campaign to stop violence against women and girls. We are encouraging every man in our borough to practice tolerance, respect and kindness, and to stand up against male violence, bullying and sexism in all forms.”

For more information, visit the White Ribbon Campaign website.

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Reference: P559/17

Updated: 15 December 2017