White Ribbon 16 Days of Action campaign gets underway
Posted on 25 Nov 2018
The annual White Ribbon 16 Days of Action campaign gets under way on Sunday, November 25 – the initiative which promotes an end to Violence Against Women.
The White Ribbon campaign is a worldwide movement which directly addresses men - so 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 are regarded as completely unacceptable
People are encouraged to wear white ribbons and in doing so pledge ‘to never commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women’
The North Ayrshire campaign is supported by the North Ayrshire Violence Against Women Partnership which includes; North Ayrshire Council, Women’s Aid, Police Scotland, North Ayrshire Council, Caledonia Project, Community Planning Partnership, Barnardo’s, Break the Silence, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
The campaign in North Ayrshire gets under way on November 25 with a showing of the movie “Suffragette” in the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine.
The launch will be followed by a calendar of events and initiatives which will be delivered across North Ayrshire on each day of the campaign, giving local people the opportunity to get involved and sign ‘The Pledge’.
The campaign will culminate with the annual ‘Reclaim the Night’ walk on Thursday, December 6, at 5pm. We will be starting off from the Trinity Church steps at Bridgegate, with our finale taking place at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. Members of the public are invited to join in the walk, which aims to promote a safe environment for women and girls to walk without fear after dark.
North Ayrshire Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “Women and girls face many forms of abuse and we all have a role to play in eradicating unacceptable behaviour.
“The main aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the suffering faced by many women and how we all have apart to play in preventing it from happening again.
“It is particularly important for me to stand alongside girls and women to send out the strong message that Violence Against Women will not be tolerated.”
You can find out more about the events taking place during the White Ribbon 16 Days of Action by visiting http://www.communityjusticeayrshire.org.uk/news-events-calendar/