White Ribbon Day is am annual campaign created by men that aims to stand against domestic abuse and violence against women.
The White Ribbon Campaign recognises that most violence against women is committed by men, and it is the responsibility of men to stand against that in an active way. Each year on November 25th, the White Ribbon campaign asks men to take a pledge and wear a white ribbon as a symbol that represents their opposition to violence against women and their promise to never condone it and never stand silent when they know it is happening.
Around the month of November every year, there is a number of awareness raising activities taking place across the UK, and you will not have to look far to find people distributing white ribbons or inviting you to take the pledge.
At Calan DVS we also dedicate the month of November to raising awareness of domestic abuse and violence against women. There have been a number of events and activities happening all around South Wales this month, including a store front competition in Maesteg, where each shop aims to create the best store front display using the White Ribbon Day as inspiration, as well as informative school projects in Bridgend and Ystradgynlais, numerous events in town centres and supermarkets across Neath, Bridgend, and Brecon, and we held an open day at our One Stop Shop at No. 17 Victoria Gardens, Neath on November 24th.
Our open day is designed to allow individuals and families to come and take a look at the services and facilities we offer without any pressure or obligation. NPT Councillor Alan Lockyer attended teh open day and address professionals and members of the community, celebrating Neath Port Talbot's partnership approach.
Our One Stop Shop works in partnership with other domestic abuse support providers and is designed as a service that supports direct referrals for individuals experiencing domestic abuse, allowing them easier access to a variety of services that they might need, such as legal aid, housing support, and education, along with Calan’s community support services.
Today, two members of Calan’s senior team made their way to Cardiff to meet with the Minister of Public Services, Leighton Andrews, at the ‘Not in My Name’ event at the Senedd to mark White Ribbon Day. It was great to listen to the Minister reconfirm Wales’ commitment to tackling domestic abuse and violence against women.
The Minister also spared 5 minutes to take part in our #SpeakOut campaign and help us raise awareness of domestic abuse.
Throughout the month of November, Calan DVS has been running our #SpeakOut campaign across social media in order to encourage people to post a photo of themselves ‘speaking out’ against domestic abuse by using a speech bubble. Visit our Facebook page and look out for the #SpeakOut hashtag to take part.
Will you be taking the White Ribbon pledge or doing your part to raise awareness? Will you help us to #SpeakOut?