Turning Lives Around Backs White Ribbon Day
White Ribbon UK are encouraging men across the country to take part in 16 Days of Action as part of their White Ribbon Day initiative. During this period, starting today (Sunday Nov 25) men will be asked to wear a white ribbon, and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
While violence against women is associated with abuse less obvious but equally pervasive violence includes sexual harassment in the workplace, verbal abuse and cyber bullying which take a mental as well as physical toll on victims.
A recent BBC survey has revealed that half of UK women have been sexually harassed at work or a place of study with workplace abuse and violence in universities at an all-time high.
Starting November 25th, TLA will be showing support for the initiative and is encouraging all their staff to wear the white ribbon of solidarity and live the ethos. Working with those marginalised in society and specifically many women who have suffered some form of abuse the White Ribbon campaign is at the heart of the organisation.
Janet Spencer, CEO, said: “With two women a week being killed by a violent partner or ex-partner, it is essential that awareness is brought about the everyday violence many women face and that people know when to speak out.
“Turning Lives Around regularly work with women that are facing homelessness, mental health issues or substance abuse because of gender-based violence. We are calling on men to take a stand against sexism and gender-based violence in all forms and to get involved,” she added. “Speaking up if you feel there is abuse taking place and being an advocate against abuse towards women is important. It sends out a clear message to those who are abusive that their behaviour is wrong and puts them at risk."
Founded in 2005, White Ribbon UK work with men and boys to challenge male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. Volunteers engage with them to call out such behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect.
Join the campaign today and find out how you can do more in your community to mark White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days Of Action: https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/what-we-do/