Cheshire East Council is calling on people to support White Ribbon Day and help raise awareness of the campaign to stop violence against women.
The council leadership has reaffirmed the pledge ‘never to commit, condone or remain silent about men's violence against women’.
As part of this campaign it supported a ‘Getting It Right Together’ event for members of the public and service providers, hosted at Congleton Town Hall yesterday by Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Partnership.
Those who attended listened to the experiences of people directly affected, made a commitment to improving the way services respond and discussed priorities for the next three years. They also showed their support for children’s rights to live free from fear in their homes as part of November Children’s Rights Month.
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 six years. Members of the council workforce are demonstrating their commitment by wearing the iconic white ribbon.
Councillor David Brown, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “There is no place or justification for violence against women and girls. I am proud to wear the white ribbon and be part of this important campaign. We want all residents of Cheshire East to feel safe and be supported.”
Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East’s Cabinet member for adult care and integration, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership with public sector and charitable organisations to help prevent and reduce the great harm caused by domestic abuse and sexual violence against women and girls.”
While the international campaign recognises that most men are not violent towards women and all of our services support both sexes, men all over the world are helping to 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 – whether you are a man or a woman – or you are concerned for someone else, phone Cheshire East’s domestic abuse hub on 0300 123 5101 at any time. In an emergency always call 999.