Paul Walker, Herefordshire Council chief executive, has stated how proud he is that the council has become accredited ahead of White Ribbon day, Friday 25 November
“This year, White Ribbon Day falls on the same week as the start of the FIFA World Cup, which is widely reported to coincide with an increase of domestic violence. The White Ribbon campaign is engaging men and boys in particular to end violence against women and girls.
“Men’s violence against women and girls in our society is shockingly prevalent and we can only change cultures that give rise to it by promoting a message of respect and tolerance and leading by example.
“I am proud that Herefordshire Council has become an accredited organisation for the White Ribbon campaign. It’s important to me that we create a work environment where women feel comfortable and safe.
“I am also proud to be a White Ribbon ambassador along with a number of council staff who have already signed up to be ambassadors and champions for the campaign. I encourage you to become involved by making the White Ribbon promise to never use, excuse or remain silent about men’s violence against women.
“White Ribbon accreditation means we will develop a three-year action plan to bring about genuine change for our staff and residents of Herefordshire to take action and change behaviour.
“As an organisation we have a zero tolerance approach to sexist, harassing and abusive behaviours, in any context. I encourage all male staff to understand and know how to uphold White Ribbon values and model positive masculine traits and allegiance to other men and boys.”
For more information, visit White Ribbon UK’s webpage.
A conference on the issue of violence against women is being held online from 9.30am on Friday 25 November. Speakers include Dr Kath Cobain from Herefordshire and Worcester, director, integrated care board, and DCI Callie Bradley from West Mercia Police.
To join the conference, please email: SafeguardingTraining@herefordshire.gov.uk.
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