Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies joined with colleagues at the Senedd and thousands of other supports across the world to support the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (White Ribbon Day). Beginning on 25th November, White Ribbon Day marks the first of 16 days of community campaigning action events held across the country.
The Welsh Government is leading a drive to increase the number of men signing up as White Ribbon Ambassadors. Ambassadors pledge never to commit, condone or stay silent about male violence against women. People are also urged to wear a white ribbon as a visible support of the campaign.
Already a signed-up supporter of the White Ribbon Pledge, the Ogmore AM is letting local residents know that there is still time to get involved and support this important campaign.
Speaking after the event Mr Irranca-Davies AM said: “Violence against women effects all ages, social classes and races and more than two women a week are killed by a current or former partner. I was humbled to join campaigners from across Wales to hear first-hand harrowing accounts of domestic violence. Too many women are still being assaulted and killed and we need a culture change to end this violence where people can speak out and condemn it.
By making a public statement and a public display of wearing our white ribbons, we can show strong opposition to domestic violence in all its forms. There’s still time to pick up your White Ribbon and make the pledge.”
If you are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence, have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, or are worried about a friend or relative who is experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence – then call the All Wales Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Helpline for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. UK Freephone : 0808 80 10 800.
For details of the campaign – https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/