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Wrekin marks White Ribbon Day to say no to violence against women

The Wrekin Housing Group has underlined its commitment to the welfare of residents and employees by supporting a national campaign to tackle domestic violence.

White Ribbon Day is the world’s largest initiative to end male violence against women by calling on men to take action and to make a difference. The campaign also coincides with the start of the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence - which aims to highlight what Wrekin and other organisations can do to aid their employees who endure domestic violence.

At Wrekin, White Ribbon Day is a real opportunity to get the message out that male violence against women must end. Today and throughout the subsequent 16 days of action employees will be encouraged to wear a white ribbon and to pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. Staff will also be undertaking training around Domestic Abuse to help spot the signs and be able to signpost to support.

In March the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of all of our minds and a key message of White ribbon this year is #AllMenCan which is designed to open up conversations around men acting and making a stand.

Wayne Gethings, Group Chief Executive says; “All men can make a difference by thinking of their own behaviour and being prepared to call out sexist and harassing behaviour when they see it. I want to encourage all men to listen to women and learn to be allies, so that we can end violence against women once and for all.”

Some facts from White Ribbon about violence against women:

  • Almost half of all women in the UK experience domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking
  • Globally, violence against women causes more deaths and disability among women aged 15-44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war
  • Only 5% of young women feel safe in Britain today with 73% worried about being raped
  • Men can work to change behaviour that is both emotionally and physically violent, to create a world that is based on gender equality.

You can find out more about White Ribbon and make a pledge at White Ribbon UK.

You can find more information around Domestic Abuse including links to support on our website Domestic Abuse | The Wrekin Housing Group

25th November 2021