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White Ribbon Day Reaching More Men than Ever Before

Published: 01/11/2017

On 25 November, more men than ever will focus their energies on practical actions, local awareness raising and social media activity to end violence against women and girls. There will be hundreds of events taking place on 25 November throughout the UK, where men are encouraged to have a photograph taken wearing the white ribbon, pledging never to “commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women”. Locally, members and officers of Flintshire County Council and partner organisations will come together to demonstrate their support through a series of awareness raising activities across Flintshire. On Thursday, 23 November at 11am, Coleg Cambria will be engaging with the campaign at Deeside where white ribbons will be handed out to college staff and students. On Friday, 24 November at 11am North Wales Fire & Rescue will be showing their support by hosting partner agencies at their Deeside depot and engaging with members of the public. They will also be parked outside Connah’s Quay library in their education bus to encourage members of the public to join the campaign. OWL Cymru will once again, be engaging with members from the farming community at Mold market. Dee community radio has offered to promote the campaign and we are fortunate to have the support of local rugby and football teams. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader of Flintshire County Council, and the White Ribbon Campaign Ambassador for Flintshire said: “This is a time for pledging support and reaching out to new communities and individuals. The vast majority of men are completely opposed to violence against women and as a society we have much to gain from gender equality and healthier relationships. Campaigning to end violence against women is not and never was solely a ‘women’s issue’. Just like any other aspect of gender equality, men have to be part of the solution alongside women, creating a culture where male violence, abuse and harassment against women is unacceptable.”