Buckinghamshire Council marks White Ribbon Day

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Buckighamshire Council has voiced their support to the White Ribbon Campaign for an end to violence against women, according to Bucks Free Press.

White Ribbon Day is marked around the world and is the largest global initiative to end male violence against women by calling on men to take action to make a difference.

Bucks Council members and officers have been wearing white ribbons to promote awareness of the campaign, which aims to eliminate all forms of violence against women and gathered at County Hall, Mold, today to raise a flag of support.

As in previous years, Buckinghamshire Council is working in partnership with Thames Valley Police to deliver 16 days of action running from White Ribbon Day up to Human Rights Day on 10 December. This includes pop up stalls, training and the launch of the Domestic Abuse website.

Buckinghamshire Council has organised a range of events and activities to show support and raise awareness.

Today (November 25) Cabinet Member for Communities, Steve Bowles was joined by Swan Envoy, April Benson, CEO of Women’s Aid Aylesbury, to raise the White Ribbon Day flag outside the council offices at The Gateway in Aylesbury. Flags will be raised at all council offices around the county.

Councillors and staff are invited to wear something white in colour or to wear a White Ribbon Day badge to show their support.

Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities Steve Bowles said: “This year White Ribbon Day falls during the FIFA Men’s World Cup. We know from national statistics that the tensions and heightened emotions during tournaments like this can often lead to greater incidence of domestic abuse which of course we know, can occur against both women and men. One of the key messages this White Ribbon Day is to ask men and boys specifically to show their support for #TheGoal to end violence against women and girls.”

Steve continued: “In addition to raising awareness of these crimes and behaviours and the need for them to stop, we want to make sure everyone knows how to spot the signs and how to get support if needed. No one should suffer in silence, there is a lot of support available for anyone affected by any of these issues.”

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