City Council proudly supporting White Ribbon Day and #TheGoal

We are pledging our ongoing support for this year’s White Ribbon campaign.

Councillors and CEX of Southend-on-Sea City Council holding placards in support of White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day is a widely recognised global movement organised by White Ribbon UK, the leading charity engaging with men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

White Ribbon Day 2022 is on 25 November and coincides with the beginning of 16 days of Activism - a global campaign to raise awareness around gender-based violence.

This year, White Ribbon Day also falls within the same week as the launch of the FIFA men’s World Cup and is marked with the launch of White Ribbon UK’s campaign #TheGoal. Running throughout the tournament, this will highlight 11 traits that men and boys can nurture to help create a world of equality and safety for women.

Cllr Stephen George, leader of the council, says: “The council is proud to be working towards accreditation and we are once again asking men, women, and young people to spread the message by wearing a white ribbon to demonstrate that they believe men's violence against women and girls is unacceptable - and will not be tolerated. I would encourage everyone to wear the ribbon and make the White Ribbon Promise - to never use, excuse, or remain silent about men’s’ violence against women.”

Anthea Sully, Chief Executive of White Ribbon UK, says: "This year, as we see the launch of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there is never a better time for us to focus on the good that can come from unifying and supporting one common cause.”

#TheGoal highlights eleven traits that men and boys can demonstrate and nurture, each trait representing a player in a football team. It calls on the need to shift expectations that violent and abusive behaviour and attitudes are normal and cannot be changed. All men and boys can commit to equality and safety for women and girls to live the lives they want to lead without fear of violence. This is always #TheGoal.

Everyone can show their commitment now by making the White Ribbon Promise to never use, excuse, or remain silent about men’s violence against women. For more information, visit the White Ribbon website.

Published: 24th November 2022

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