We’ve achieved White Ribbon status
We were officially granted White Ribbon accredited status on Monday 2 July 2018.
What is White Ribbon status?
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global initiative for male violence against women.
To wear a white ribbon is to pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
The award is a recognition of the work we have done to involve men in speaking out and challenging male violence against women and girls. It is also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done.
Chris Green OBE, President of White Ribbon UK said:
“Gaining the award is a challenging 6 stage process which can take several years and serious commitment to achieve. It is a valuable resource in challenging violence against women and girls
It’s vital for men to be involved because it is men’s responsibility to act. 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, and a similar number will suffer from sexual assault or stalking. The majority of these incidents are committed by men; therefore, it is the responsibility of men to work to prevent it. We need to bring the issue out into the open with our work colleagues, friends and relatives.
Women’s organisations want men to take a stand, and work to end the violence, and White Ribbon UK provides a vehicle for men to do this.”
What happen’s next?
The accreditation award is reassessed every two years when staff from White Ribbon UK will ask for a report of progress so far and work with us on plans for the next two-year period.
We’ve committed to a two year wide ranging action plan on tackling male violence against women, it will include a lot of what we already do, as well as supporting new initiatives.
One initiative is to appoint volunteer ambassadors to spread the message to more men, and work with sporting clubs and venues to reinforce the ethos of the campaign.
We’ve recruited four male council officers and elected members as White Ribbon UK ambassadors, and have been working with our partners in the Kirklees Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership.
Cllr Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council and Chair of the Communities Board said
“Domestic abuse is a complex social problem that can have major human and financial impacts on children, adults, families and communities. Domestic abuse affects people from all demographics and backgrounds, although we recognise that women are disproportionately affected. We are delighted that Kirklees has achieved the White Ribbon Accreditation which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to working with communities and partners to address this issue and provide support for those affected.”
As well receiving official accreditation, we also plan to host a regional high profile event to celebrate accreditation with other neighbouring authorities and provide an opportunity for practitioners to share their learning on a number of topics related to domestic abuse.
How can I get involved with White Ribbon UK?
Individuals can join over 33,000 others who have signed the White Ribbon UK pledge and get more information on-line at whiteribbon.org.uk.
If you are concerned about domestic abuse, please visit our domestic abuse pages.
Follow White Ribbon UK on twitter: @WhiteRibbon_UK.