This year's White Ribbon UK Conference is about looking to the future. We now have over 2000 people in our nationwide network of volunteers and more than 100 organisations who work with us in changing cultures within local communities, businesses, schools, colleges and universities - an increasing number of accredited organisations.
Violence against women and girls is an institutionalised issue we need to work together to end.
What are the next steps in effecting real change moving forward?
How do we reach the people and organisations who are still to engage with the campaign?
The conference will hear from leading speakers, share information about developing policy and illustrate the work that is making a difference to end the violence and create a safer, equal world for women.
Topic: The links between masculinity, coercive control and murder
On 19 July 2016, Claire and Charlotte Hart were murdered in broad daylight, by the family’s father using a sawn-off shotgun. He then committed suicide.
Luke and his younger brother Ryan, the two surviving sons, now openly share their story to raise awareness of coercive and controlling behaviour. So far, they have trained police officers, police community support officers, NHS personnel and legal professionals in the Crown Prosecution Service. They are White Ribbon Ambassadors and Refuge Champions speaking out against male violence towards women and children. They have released their book Operation Lighthouse, telling their story and challenging myths and stereotypes surrounding domestic abuse and coercive control.
Dr. Rosemary Hill
Topic: Sexual violence at gigs and concerts: experiences, responses and prevention
Rosemary Lucy Hill is a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in the School of Music, Humanities and Media at University of Huddersfield. She is the author of Gender, Metal and the Media: Women Fans and the Gendered Experience of Music (Palgrave). She researches gender, popular music and big data, and is currently investigating sexual violence at live music events.
Topic: #MeToo - Storytelling is a powerful tool in stopping domestic violence. Without their stories, crime victims cannot seek help or raise awareness. It takes courage for a victim to come forward and to do so is an important step in the road to healing from trauma. This session looks at the importance of storytelling in solving the problem of gender-based violence.
Leslie Lee is a New York-born, London-based producer/director who works in documentary and factual TV for US/UK broadcasters. A great people- and story finder, her credits range from true crime to food: Working With Weinstein (Channel Four, shortlist Grierson Awards 2018), Nothing Personal (Investigation Discovery), Paranormal Witness (Syfy), How Do They Do It? (Discovery), Why Don't You Speak English? (Channel Four) and The Best of British Takeaways (BBC2). She is also a former print journalist.
Date: 5th June (10am - 3.30pm)
Location: Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
25 New Inn Yard
Please note: a very limited number of free places are available. Please e-mail us with your circumstances to request a free place if you require it (Deadline for free applications: 30th April)