Introducing White Ribbon UK's new Chief Executive: Anthea Sully


We are delighted to welcome our new CEO, Anthea Sully who has joined White Ribbon UK today. Beginning her career in performing arts Anthea became increasingly involved in campaigning and this led to further study in International Human Rights Law.

Anthea comes to us after having worked for a number of charities and voluntary organisations, most recently working with people with learning disabilities. She also has experience as a councillor and non executive director of an NHS Trust.

Anthea was born in Leeds and recently returned to her native Yorkshire having worked in Peterborough and London.

Anthea says, "I am really excited to be coming to White Ribbon UK at this time.  There is a great foundation to build on and this gives us the opportunity to grow and develop our work.  I am looking forward to working with everyone so that we continue to make a difference in ensuring that women and girls can live their lives free from male violence and abuse".

International Women's Day

As an organisation that endeavours to ally ourselves with the values of feminism, we see it as our duty as men to stand with women, to support the unequivocal need for equality, to recognise that we still live in a world where women are seen as second class citizens and that this must change if we are to see any progress concerning the values we at White Ribbon UK stand for, and indeed that of feminism as a whole.

There are many events taking place across the world for International Women’s day on Thursday 8th March this year.  We endeavour to attend as many as we possibly can to show our support, and ambassadors are encouraged to do the same.

Care International are holding March4Women this year on Sunday 4th March, and White Ribbon UK ambassadors are encouraged to be a part of it. Our President and Founder, Chris Green OBE was in attendance last year (pictured right). Our Sports Campaign Manager, Ikram Butt said, “Sportsmen are role models. The behaviour of one player in a team can destroy your chance of winning, and the behaviour of men in society can destroy lives. We, as men have a responsibility to discuss issues of equality with others, therefore I am proud to support White Ribbon UK and March4Women, and to work together for Respect and Equality.”

 White Ribbon UK founder, Chris Green OBE with Billy Bragg at the 2017 March4Women

White Ribbon UK founder, Chris Green OBE with Billy Bragg at the 2017 March4Women

On International Women’s Day itself, our founder and president, Chris Green will be speaking as part of a panel on “Jobs Without Gender” for Global Women In Business from 5pm at Hult Business School, 38 John Street, London, WC1. Reserve your place at

On the same day, a special event is being held at RBS Auditorium, in London. Entitled, “Moving towards gender equality”, the Nanak Naam charity event asks, does gender equality exist in our society today, and can spiritual wisdom challenge our current beliefs and revolutionise stereotypical gender roles?

White Ribbon UK Ambassador James Chesby will be speaking at the event about our involvement with understanding positive masculinity, and engaging men in the values of gender equality, particularly calling out male violence against women and girls.


White Ribbon UK were also hosting an event in Brussels on March 8th, on behalf of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group as part of International Women’s Day, looking at the importance of attitudes and language when countering gender based violence however, unfortunately this has had to be postponed. More details to follow when we have finalised the new date.

Newsletter: February 2018

In the wake of the 2018 Conference, the momentum has not diminished as our 500-strong nationwide ambassador team continue to put on events, attend panels and conferences and spread the message. This issue focuses on the success of the conference, our new World Cup campaign, Labour Local Government Conference, and International Women's Day.

White Ribbon Day In Pictures 2017

In celebration of our most successful White Ribbon Day ever, we have released a 48-page A4 paperback book, showcasing the events that happened across the nation during 2017's 16 Days Of Action.

Our 500-strong UK Ambassador team went above and beyond the call of duty, raising awareness and bringing about change. The events detailed in this book are at the forefront of the campaign, driving for change within communities. One day we hope to never have the need for stalls, events, safe spaces, initiatives, action plans and anti-violence strategies.  We’re not there yet, but as each year passes, the actions of our volunteers, accredited services, ambassadors and champions, brings us closer to a world without male violence against women.

Another world IS possible. And YOU are the reason we believe that.

Conference 2018 follow up

Our annual conference last Friday yielded many surprises, emotional conversations, new professional partnerships, ideas for fundraising/awareness, and a general atmosphere of optimistic desire for change. Over 130 delegates attended the event, including Local Councillors, Police & Crime Commissioners, Teachers, Students, Champions, and Ambassadors; bringing with them a wealth of knowledge, energy and ideas. We look forward to working with you all in the coming years, and to prove that Another World Is Possible, and that together we can end male violence against women and girls.

Special mention goes to our founder, Chris Steven Green OBE, who has been our acting CEO for the best part of a year. In an emotional speech towards the end of the conference, Trustee Chair, Brian Mitchell announced that we have appointed a new CEO; and due to his continuing efforts with White Ribbon UK, Chris was awarded the title of Honourary President of the campaign.

World Cup 2018


What you need to know:

The most detailed research into the links between the football World Cup and domestic abuse rates has revealed that in one force area in England and Wales, violent incidents increased by 38% when England lost – but also rose by 26% when they won.

The research, by Lancaster University criminologist Dr Stuart Kirby, a former police officer, monitored police reports of domestic violence during the last three World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

While domestic violence rose after each England game, incidents also increased in frequency at each new tournament, raising fears that the forthcoming competition in Brazil – where England's first game is against Italy on Saturday 14 June – could see the highest ever World Cup-related rises in domestic violence across the UK.

Separate national research examining the 2010 World Cup echoed the Kirby findings – with domestic abuse reports up 27.7% when the England team won a game, and 31.5% when they lost.

Source: The Guardian June 14, 2014.

What can I do?

We know that on average, domestic abuse rises during World Cup season in the UK.  As a charity that mobilises men, White Ribbon UK ask men to be active in stopping this from happening. Domestic abuse is not only tragic, it is illegal.

Football clubs will decide how best they can fulfil their responsibilities.  

Organisations must send a clear message that violence against women and children is “completely unacceptable”, joining the chorus for equality and justice, and breaking the silence that surrounds violence against women and girls.

 Clubs can also work through their Community Foundations to provide “positive role models to younger people in the community, encouraging healthy and non-abusive relationships”.

Stewards must be expected to challenge any sexist or homophobic remarks. Clubs can be encouraged to display the World Cup posters and other White Ribbon posters, which challenge abusive behaviour and sexism

As individuals, we need you to:

Swear the White Ribbon pledge,

Wear the Badge

Share the Message

Part of swearing the White Ribbon pledge means not excusing, or remaining silent about male violence against women.  That means being vigilant, particularly around the World Cup period; and looking out for the warning signs of violence:

  • Coercive control
  • Sexist language
  • Excessive drinking
  • Anger and rage


A campaign pack is available on our shop, which includes posters, postcards, badges and information on violence during the World Cup. This can be distributed amongst Football Clubs, local events, youth and family initiatives, schools etc., or used as part of a campaign event. In doing this we hope that we can raise awareness at a personal level, and come together to stop the pattern of increased violence during this period.

White Ribbon Conference 2018

Practical ways men can oppose
domestic abuse and violence against women

We our running our annual conference on Friday 2nd February 2018 at Bradford College. The event will consist of training, workshops, discussions and networking opportunities. Topics under discussion are as follows: 

  • He learns respect from you: teaching boys healthy relationships
  • How trade unions can mobilise men to act as agents of change in the workplace
  • Tackling honour based violence and forced marriage
  • Domestic abuse in the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Cuts to women's refuges and services and the forthcoming Domestic Violence Bill


In general the conference is about encouraging and enabling our Ambassadors, Champions and representatives from accredited organisations to network, receive training, get useful information and be inspired. Therefore the event is *INVITE ONLY*; however, if you feel that you might benefit from the meeting please call the office on 01422 886545 or e-mail

The event will conclude with a debate bringing together the key themes of the day with Naz Shah MP and a panel of representatives.
A final agenda will be circulated shortly but in the meantime, if you have received an invite, please RSVP as soon as possible to book your place. If you have any queries, please contact us.