Blaby District Council has started 16 Days of Action as part of the White Ribbon campaign to end male violence against women.
White Ribbon Day is the largest global initiative to end male violence against women by calling on men to take action to make a difference. The 16 Days of Action runs until 10th December.
The campaign is symbolised through the wearing of a white ribbon, which is a pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. An online promise can also be signed at www.whiteribbon.org.uk/promise.
Whilst men are also victims of violence, the White Ribbon campaign focuses on male violence against women with 90% of all violence against females committed by men. One in three women will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime, and one in four women will experience domestic abuse from a man.
Councillor Les Phillimore, Portfolio Holder for Community Services and Joint Chair of the Blaby and Hinckley and Bosworth Community Safety Partnership, said: “These 16 days of action are a real opportunity to get the message out that male violence against women must end.
“All men can make a difference by thinking of their own behaviour and being prepared to call out sexist and abusive behaviour when they see it.
“We want to encourage all men to be aware of domestic abuse and other violence to women and learn to be allies, so that we can end violence against women once and for all.”
Blaby District Councillors and officers made a promise by signing a white ribbon at the Council’s most recent Full Council meeting on 23 November.
White Ribbon resources and materials, including a presentation and posters, have also been sent to secondary schools in the District to raise awareness and encourage young people to make the promise.
Everyone is invited to wear a White Ribbon and make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. Ribbons can also be bought from the White Ribbon website.