White Ribbon UK

White Ribbon Conference 2018

ASK. LISTEN. ACT.
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

*REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED*

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 info@whiteribbon.org.uk.

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.

Love & Respect: Bradford supports White Ribbon UK with Christmas lights

Still time to see the Bradford white Ribbon festive lights encouraging everyone to enjoy Love and Respect and seen by tens of thousands each day. Last month Bradford City FC ran onto the pitch wearing Men Challenging Male Violence training tops and had tannoy announcements , programme notes and video screen adverts raising awareness about the campaign. Bradford Council and Bradford College provide 40 local Ambassadors to expand the campaign - A Better World is Possible 

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Gender Equality meeting

Delighted to be invited to attend this High level Gender Equality seminar -There was a call for more men to prioritise Gender Equality as an issue 

White Ribbon pointed out that workplaces needed Violence against Women and Girls policies in place as  VaWG is a major impediment to Gender Equality in the workplace . .For example Stalking victims miss an average of 11days work after each incident .

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After White Ribbon Day...

A massive congratulations and thank you is in order for our most successful White Ribbon Day ever. Over 2017's 16 days of action, hundreds of events of all different kinds were put on across the United Kingdom.  Thousands of white ribbons were worn by you to bring our message of anti-violence against women and girls to as many people as possible.  We are so grateful to all of you.

White Ribbon Day is over for another year. But that is not where the story ends. Violence against women still happens, and to make a real difference we need to take the energy and enthusiasm we all put into the 16 Days Of Action, and put it into the rest of the year.

WHAT CAN I DO NOW?

We have events throughout the year, training courses, resources, and awareness raising materials available to keep the momentum going.  Let's make this next year 365 days of action.

CHRISTMAS

At this time of year, due to a number of reasons, violence against women increases. This can be because of high expectations during the festive period, visiting family members that might cause stress, financial difficulties etc.

It is essential that we as men continue to be active bystanders in our homes and in our communities.

  • Speak out in the presence of abuse or abusive language. 
  • Be understanding, and take into account the pressures of this time of year.
  • Keep engaging other men in dialogue about what is OK and what isn't.
  • Bring the message to schools before the end of term with events and discussions.
  • Visit our shop for White Ribbon UK Christmas cards, which contain the pledge on the back.

VALENTINE'S DAY

Many see Valentine's Day as time to celebrate love. But this can be a difficult time for those who have faced abuse in the past. It can also be a time where men may be tempted to prey on women. Sexual assault against women rises during this time and can be a major concern on nights out, dates etc.

  • Stay vigilant. If you are out and witness abuse or hear someone talking about potential assault, call them out on it. If it is an unsafe situation, inform security or a member of staff.
  • Encourage positive masculinity. Men who have been raised with the false assumption that women are to be conquered do not necessarily understand the consequences of their actions. Keep talking, and keep pushing for a better world for women.

WHITE RIBBON CONFERENCE 2018

Next year's White Ribbon Conference will be held at Bradford College on 2nd February (10:30am to 4:00pm).

Featuring talks, training and workshop sessions, attendees will be encouraged to engage in discussion, and network with one another.

The theme this year will be:

"ASK. LISTEN. ACT.

Practical ways men can oppose domestic abuse, and violence against women."

Refreshments will be provided

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to info@whiteribbon.org.uk or call the office on 01422 886545.

CONTINUE TO BE ACTIVE

Change comes from perseverance. We are so grateful to all of you that have done something, however big or small, for 2017's 16 Days Of Action. But while there is still violence against women and girls, we must stay active.

  • Host events, workshops, discussion forums, etc. in your community. Bring the message to schools and youth clubs - instil positive masculinity in the next generation of men and boys.
  • Be active bystanders. Don't let abuse or talk of abuse go unchecked.  However harmless it might seem.
  • Encourage your place of work to apply for White Ribbon UK Accreditation to spread the message even further.

For further information on how you can help, resources, training, literature and awareness raising materials, contact us on 01422 886545 or info@whiteribbon.org.uk

What you can do for WHITE RIBBON DAY

Violence against women and girls is a big problem. White Ribbon UK asks men to step up and become part of the solution. For 16 days starting November 25th, thousands of people across the UK will wear a white ribbon, and take a stand against violence.

There are many things you can do to help us create the biggest impact and spread awareness during your 16 days of action:

 

Digital Event Kit

Hosting a White Ribbon event? Download our White Ribbon Day digital event kit to make sure you've got all the campaign knowledge, assets and documentation to make it a roaring success.  Available alongside many other awareness-raising materials (including physical campaigning kits) on our shop.

Included in the kit:

·         Fully customisable posters

·         House style fonts

·         Logos

·         Branding elements (in PDF, PSD and JPEG formats)

·         Pledge forms

·         Social media guidelines

·         Key campaign messages/aims

·         Statistics on violence against women and girls

 

Sign up to our Thunderclap

Whether you use Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr, be sure to sign up to our Thunderclap and have your message go out with everyone else's on the big day.

Twitter users - This year, for the 16 days of action that follow White Ribbon Day we will be posting "16 Tweets Of Action", so be sure to follow us on twitter and retweet each day.

 

Take the Pledge

If you haven't done so already, take the pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

If you want to take your action further still, we encourage men to become Ambassadors for White Ribbon UK; we also have a new Champions programme for the high number of women that support the campaign.

Public sector services, school, university, music venue and sports clubs, can apply for accreditation on the campaigns section of our website too.

 

One last thing...

Be sure to have your white ribbon handy for the big day, and the 16 days of action that follow.  If you don't have a white ribbon you can purchase many different types on our shop.

HAPPY TO HELP

If you have any questions or campaigning ideas, please don't hesitate to contact us.