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North Ayrshire partners pledge to end violence against women

Posted on 24 Nov 2022
North Ayrshire Council Leader, Marie Burns and Depute Provost John Sweeney have joined the worldwide White Ribbon Scotland campaign by pledging to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.

The united stance comes as the Council and partner organisations prepare to take part in this year’s 16 Days of Action to promote the end to violence against women and girls.

Starting on November 25, through to 10 December, the Council and community partners across North Ayrshire, will be sharing the message that violence against women in any form is unacceptable, and encouraging others to sign the online pledge at www.whiteribbonscotland.org.uk

The White Ribbon campaign is a worldwide movement which directly addresses men ensuring they understand the scale of the problem and become part of the solution.

Men and boys have a crucial role to play in creating a culture where male violence, abuse and harassment against women and girls is regarded as unacceptable.

The campaign is supported by the North Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership who work to prevent violence against women and girls in North Ayrshire through strategic, multi-agency working.

The 16 Days of Action campaign aims to help people recognise the signs of abuse whilst promoting the support services available and how to access them. The annual ‘Reclaim the Night’ walk will also be taking place on Tuesday 6 December. The walk will leave from the Harbour Arts Centre (HAC), Irvine at 5.15pm and will end at Irvine’s Townhouse with a short film, tea, and coffee. An invite is extended to anyone who wants to join in.

North Ayrshire Council Depute Provost, Councillor John Sweeney said: “I would like to express my firm belief that violence against women is absolutely abhorrent.

“We all have a part to play in preventing any form of violence against women and girls and I would encourage everyone to take part and sign the pledge.”

Councillor Scott Davidson, North Ayrshire Cabinet Member for Place added: “I too stand by the Council’s pledge to end and eradicate violence against women and girls. The campaign is more important than ever as lockdown exacerbated the problem, placing women and girls at greater risk. It is essential that people know what support is available and how to access it. Please help us to share the message across social media, demonstrating your support to end violence against women. The more we share these messages, the greater opportunity we have of reaching those affected.”

If you are at risk of violence you can contact the Council at any time on 0800 0196 500, alternatively you can contact North Ayrshire Women’s Aid during office hours on  01294 602424.

You can find out more about the events taking place during the White Ribbon 16 Days of Action campaign by visiting: