In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as ‘White Ribbon Day’. This particular campaign to ‘raise awareness of the need for women to live in safety, free from all forms of male violence’ is unique in that it is male-led.
In December 1989, a man walked into a university in Canada and massacred 14 of his female classmates. What followed was a heightened awareness of the world-wide issues related to violence against women; two years later a handful of men in Toronto decided they had a responsibility to speak out about, and work to stop, men’s violence against women and white ribbon day was born.
The campaign works through awareness-raising and education and is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women with the message that violence perpetrated by men against women must stop and that it is up to men to stop it. By wearing a white ribbon, a person is pledging never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
The White Ribbon Campaign recognises the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women. It also aims to encourage men to provide leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are not violent.
Gibran (UK) Ltd commemorated White Ribbon Day 2015 at the Swansea Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop, a partnership initiative that offers a range of services linked to domestic abuse which are all located under one roof.
Gibran (UK) Ltd has been a partner of the Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop for 7 months as there are strong links between women offenders and domestic violence, with women involved in the criminal justice system being up to five times more likely to have experienced domestic violence than the general population. The benefits of co-location and close partnership working are already evident in the numbers of people being supported through engaging in a range of easily accessible services and activities.
White Ribbon Day 2015 was celebrated in style at the Swansea One Stop Shop with appearances from a Council leader, the Lord Mayor of Swansea, players from the Ospreys Rugby team and from Swansea City Football team. Those who attended the event had the opportunity of finding out about provisions available at the One Stop Shop and throughout Swansea. They were also able to get involved in workshops such as craft, yoga, self defence and a ‘Hands are not for hurting’ activity.
Gibran (UK) Ltd looks forward to continued involvement in working together with our One Stop Shop partners to provide effective support to people involved in the criminal justice system who also experience domestic abuse.