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International Women's Day 2019

International Women's Day is Today.

White Ribbon UK is about men standing up against violence towards women and girls. We cannot do this without listening. As men we cannot support women at all without listening.

So for IWD2019, instead of posting something insightful or any sort of 'call to arms', we simply ask that all ambassadors and indeed any men that follow the campaign do one thing: listen.

Share this article to encourage men to do the same, ask how you can support women in the fight against inequality and violence against women.

Do this in real world conversations, posts on social media, etc.'; and just listen.

OPPORTUNITY: Become a Trustee for White Ribbon UK

Please note: This application process is now closed

White Ribbon UK are seeking new trustees to support our important work. Our organisation is led by its Board of Trustees, who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the campaign. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals, who are committed to our aims, with competence and interest in governance, campaigning and policy development, fundraising, finance or media and communications.


About the campaign

Our mission is to end male violence against women, once and for all.

We work with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence.  Our volunteer ambassadors engage with other men and boys to call out such behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect.

We call on all men to take a stand against sexism and gender-based violence in all forms.

 

Commitment

Board meetings take place at our office in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, from 6pm. There are up to 7 Board meetings per year. In addition, trustees are expected to hold at least one sub - committee membership with three to four additional meetings per year.

All trustees are expected to become a White Ribbon UK ambassador or champion.

This role is unremunerated but reasonable out of pocket travel expenses will be reimbursed.

 Our trustees must have:

  • a commitment to ending male violence against women

  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

  • integrity

  • strategic vision

  • good, independent judgement

  • an ability to think creatively

  • a willingness to speak their mind

  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of White Ribbon UK

 

By being a trustee, you will be working towards changing the cultures that can lead to male violence against women. You will play an integral part in the good governance of White Ribbon UK, ensuring that we remain viable and sustainable as well as keep closely to our mission so that we continue to make a real difference through our work.

 

This is not only great opportunity for you to share your skills and experience with us but also to build upon this and extend and develop your skills.  You will be able to extend your professional contacts and become part of our team.


How to apply

Please note: This application process is now closed

To apply to be a Trustee of White Ribbon UK, please provide the following:

  • A letter of interest explaining your motivation for applying, your interest in the role and how you meet the requirements for the position of Trustee. This should be a maximum 2 sides of A4, minimum 10 point, Arial

  • An up-to-date CV

Closing date: Monday 11 March 2019

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Anthea Sully, Chief Executive on 01422 886 545 or by e-mail anthea.sully@whiteribbon.org.uk; or Peter Lassey, Chair - P.Lassey@bradford.ac.uk

White Ribbon UK represented at World Forum for Democracy

On International Men’s Day last year, the World Forum for Democracy heard from various speakers on a number of events. Our President, Chris Green OBE attended and gave a talk on what men can do to challenge the cultures that give rise to male violence against women internationally and here in the UK.

Open Democracy recently wrote about the Forum and Chris’s involvement which can be viewed here.

It’s men’s responsibility to stop gender violence, and since men listen a bit more carefully when the message is spoken by other men, we need to challenge each other to do better.

If we want to see change, we need to mobilise large numbers. We need to reach music venues, sports clubs, universities. Celebrities speaking out is great, but we want police officers, bus drivers, the whole community to embrace our values. It’s baby steps.

Chris Green OBE (President and Founder, White Ribbon UK)

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Visit to White Ribbon Ghana

Our Founder and President, Chris Green OBE is currently in Ghana, meeting with White Ribbon Ghana representatives. Excellent, inspiring yet under funded work is being done by these people:

They are providing outreach into rural areas of the Volta region, which have been highlighted as needing work on violence prevention. Campaign activities have included a district White Ribbon sponsored football tournament with awareness raising PA announcements, speeches and white ribbon badges presented, as well as many individual sign ups and contacts taken for the Men's Development Group. Banners and posters will be displayed in the future to keep the momentum going. 

Campaign Coordinator Derek B, with White Ribbon UK Founder and President, Chris Green OBE, speaking at Power City Chapel in Accra to a packed congregation

Campaign Coordinator Derek B, with White Ribbon UK Founder and President, Chris Green OBE, speaking at Power City Chapel in Accra to a packed congregation

Another visit involved the community inviting the campaign to make presentations, have a question and answer session with village elders, and have most of the village take the pledge and commit as a community.

The campaign is also partnering with faith groups to take the message of men challenging and speaking out about violence against women and girls.

Players from Deve Volta Region become part of White Ribbon Campaign Ghana

Players from Deve Volta Region become part of White Ribbon Campaign Ghana

Villagers in Ghana taking the White Ribbon pledge.

Villagers in Ghana taking the White Ribbon pledge.

Update on UK Parliament's 'Upskirting' Bill

Anthea Sully, CEO White Ribbon UK

With the Brexit process taking up parliamentary time and attention, it would be possible to overlook that on the 15th of January the House of Lords will be debating the third reading of the Voyeurism Offences Bill. Aimed at making ‘upskirting’ a defined criminal offence in England and Wales, the Bill has had a bumpy ride in Westminster, including controversial blocking from some MPs.  Laws against the taking of images where consent had not been given, such as 'upskirt' pictures has been an offence in Scotland since 2010, and the issue had been raised for England and Wales over several years, including by some White Ribbon ambassadors. As we reported in June last year, it finally found its way into proposed legislation due to the positive online campaign led by Gina Martin (see video below), herself a victim of upskirting.

The Voyeurism Bill was blocked by MPs back in June 2018

The Voyeurism Bill was blocked by MPs back in June 2018

White Ribbon ambassadors will always challenge attitudes that would see behaviour such as upskirting as acceptable.  Having this clearly set out as a criminal offence shows the serious nature of these activities, and that there is absolutely no excuse to invade someone’s privacy in this way. We firmly believe that this legislation is long overdue and will make activities such as attending music festivals and travelling on public transport much safer for women.

Survivors of abuse speak out - 2: "To The Men In My Life"

Survivors of abuse speak out - 2: "To The Men In My Life"

Sixteen years ago, in 2002, I was the victim of a violent attack at the hands of my ex-husband. For the purposes of anonymity, let’s call him Tom. White Ribbon recently asked the journalists and bloggers on their supporter list to write about what the campaign means to them. For the first time, I find myself publicly sharing my story in the hope that it might inspire just one more person to speak up and save a life.