Unite for White Ribbon Day
We’re supporting White Ribbon Day 2022, which this year falls within a week of the start of the FIFA Men’s World Cup. The campaign encourages men and boys to join the team and give violence against women and girls the red card.
About White Ribbon Day
White Ribbon Day is 25 November and marks 16 days of action calling on men to think about their own attitudes and behaviours towards women and girls.
The campaign asks people to pledge to promote women’s safety by calling out any negative behaviour, like harassment or aggression, if they see it.
Together, the Kirklees Domestic Abuse Community Engagement Team and Dalton Dynamoes football club have been exploring masculinity in the eyes of a child. Here’s what we discovered.
Thank you to the footballers involved and our partners at HTFC, The Zone, KLTV and West Yorkshire 360 who supported the project. Whether you are a football fan or not, all men and boys can join the team to end Violence Against Women and Girls
Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council said:
“I encourage men and boys in Kirklees to stand with me and pledge to support the White Ribbon campaign.
“We need to shift national expectations that the violent or abusive behaviour of a few is acceptable in society and cannot be changed. I believe it can.
“Just as sport, especially football, has the power to unite people through a common goal, White Ribbon brings men and boys together to think about how they can make difference to improve equality and safety for women and girls. By uniting we have the power to help our mothers, sisters, daughters and friends live without the fear of violence. That’s the kind of society I want to live in.
“One key action is to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women, but be prepared to call out sexist or harassing behaviour if you see it. Your actions could stop things from developing into something much worse.
“Whilst domestic abuse disproportionately affects women and girls, anybody could be a victim. If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, or if you are concerned about your own behaviour, there are local and national support services that can help. Details can be found on the council’s website.
“We will continue to support other measures to enhance the safety of women whilst on a night out. We’ve recently introduced the ‘Night Safety Bus’ in Huddersfield Town Centre, which has been welcomed by women across the town, and continue to promote ‘Ask for Angela’ with bars, restaurants and clubs.”
- Make the White Ribbon promise and stand with tens of thousands of others who’ve already pledged to support the campaign and never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
- Could you volunteer? – Kirklees, Calderdale & Wakefield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (RASAC) is looking for volunteers to support the work they do. Find out more the support and recruitment workshop 30 November, 12pm – 4pm, Huddersfield University. Follow RASAC Facebook posts for more details.
- Understanding masculinity from men’s perspective – Join our Domestic Abuse team and CHART Kirklees for this discussion, Monday 5 December, 11am to 1pm, Café at CHART, Wellington Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1LY
- Men talk on masculinity – Calling on men to join us on Zoom for a one-off, anonymous recorded conversation about “What it means to be a man?”. Meeting ID: 980 2921 520, Passcode: dL965V
What is domestic abuse?
One in four women will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime. The term ‘domestic abuse’ includes a wide range of behavioural patterns, from physical and sexual violence to psychological, emotional, financial abuse, threatening behaviour, stalking and harassment.
Information about the support available for anyone experiencing domestic abuse is available on our website.