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Rochford District Council marks White Ribbon Day

Rochford District Council is supporting White Ribbon Day 2022 (Friday 25th November) to end men’s violence against women and girls.  

White Ribbon Day is now a global movement. spearheaded in Britain by White Ribbon UK, the leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls. 

The scheme is being supported by the Council following a proposal made by the Rochford District Residents Group (a motion brought forward by Cllr Lisa Newport).

The Council joins White Ribbon UK’s #TheGoal campaign which aims to bring men and boys together to think about how they can make a positive difference to achieve equality and safety for women and girls. 

Council Safety Officers and Essex Police will be holding a Pop Up event at Rayleigh High Street on Friday 25th November to raise awareness around the issue.  

Cllr Arthur Williams, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Health, Rochford District Council, said: 

“Raising awareness of this issue is crucially important and we need to educate men and boys on their responsibilities to ensuring public safety for women and for everyone, and to call out sexist and harassing behaviour when they see it.”   

Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK, said: 

“This year, White Ribbon Day is focusing on the attitudes and behaviours men and boys can adopt to move away from associations to violent and abusive behaviour. Men and boys are now expecting better from their colleagues, friends, and family to ensure women and girls are safe. 

"We are inviting you to wear a White Ribbon and make the White Ribbon Promise, never to use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women." 

You can make a commitment today by making the White Ribbon Promise never to use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women.

Help is available for anybody suffering abuse, please visit the Refuge website.