White Ribbon Day 2023 - Statement from Cllr Gina Needs


A statement from Cllr Gina Needs, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion at Enfield Council, to recognise and raise awareness of White Ribbon Day.

"White Ribbon Day begins on 25 November annually, incorporating 16 days of action to end violence against women.

"The first day of the campaign is recognised as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women continuing until Human Rights Day on 10 December.

“Communities and organisations are encouraged to come together in support of the campaign to say ‘no’ to violence against women, and men everywhere are asked to recognise the necessity for them to stand up and take responsibility in working towards a future without violence against women.

“In 2023, the theme of White Ribbon Day is #changethestory and we are joining the call for all organisations and individuals to change the story for women and girls.

"This starts with challenging the seemingly ‘harmless’ attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence for women and girls.

“We want to encourage everyone to make consistent choices and actions to #changethestory for women and girls, so that they may live their lives free from the fear of violence.

“Violence experienced by women and girls takes many forms. Some behaviours and words may seem ‘harmless’ but normalising them ignores the short and long-term effects on women and can lead to more extreme violence.

“Being allies with women every day should not be underestimated. Even the smallest actions can bring big change.

“Support White Ribbon Day and make a difference towards ending violence against women and girls. Plan now to mark White Ribbon Day in your workplace, school, sports club, local pub and bars, and communities.

“Together we can unite on White Ribbon Day to work towards ending violence against women and girls and achieve #TheGoal.

“In 2021 Enfield Council continued to be recognised as a ‘White Ribbon Borough’ following renewal of our status.

"We were also the first London council to receive the title of ‘White Ribbon Authority’ which raises awareness of male violence against women and girls in 2010.

"Our determination to support actions to prevent violence against women and girls remains undiminished.

“This year on White Ribbon Day we will be flying the White Ribbon flag outside our Civic Centre to show our continued support and commitment in ending male violence against women and girls.

“We believe White Ribbon Day is a day to be recognised by everyone, in every community. Please do what you can to raise awareness.”

To find out more visit White Ribbon Day or search the hashtag #whiteribbonday on social media.

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