Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, marked White Ribbon Day with a public pledge to help stop violence against women.
Along with many male colleagues, he publicly pledged ‘never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women’.
November 25 has been White Ribbon Day, or the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, since it was inaugurated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. It is part of the international White Ribbon Campaign – one of the world’s largest men’s anti-violence programmes.
Cheshire East Council has been a proud supporter of the campaign for more than four years. This year, the Council’s male workforce demonstrated its commitment by wearing the iconic white ribbon at public meetings and signed the white ribbon pledge in offices and staff rooms.
Councillor Michael Jones said: “I am proud to wear the white ribbon pin and be part of this campaign. There is no place for violence against women and girls in our communities. We want residents of Cheshire East to feel safe and supported.”
Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member in charge of adult services, said: “We are proudly working in partnership with public and charitable organisations to prevent and reduce the harm caused by domestic abuse and sexual violence.”
While the international campaign recognises that most men are not violent towards women, men all over the world are helping to help raise awareness of the anti-violence message. The Council is urging residents of Cheshire East to make a stand against violence towards women and to make the white ribbon pledge.
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If you are affected by domestic abuse or you are concerned for someone else, phone the Cheshire East domestic abuse family safety unit on 01606 363532. In an emergency always call 999.