White Ribbon Day
We're marking White Ribbon Day to end men's violence against women.
White Ribbon Day is the largest global initiative to end male violence against women by calling on men to take action to make a difference. On Thursday 25 November, people are invited to wear a White Ribbon and make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse, or remain silent about male violence against women.
We will be raising awareness and supporting the campaign through our social media channels and by lighting up our Clock Tower in Welwyn Garden City on the first and last day of 16 Days of Action. On the 8 December between 11 am - 2 pm, our Community Partnerships Team will be visiting the University of Hertfordshire to raise awareness amongst students and signpost different organisations.
White Ribbon Accreditation
The Leader of the council, Cllr Tony Kingsbury, has set out the council's ambition to end violence against women. Cllr Kingsbury is the council's ambassador as we join organisations across the country in a commitment to achieving White Ribbon Accreditation. By doing so, we will increase the knowledge and skills of our staff to address all forms of violence against women and help them to carry the message to Welwyn Hatfield's communities.
Cllr Kingsbury said:
The White Ribbon campaign's goals are aligned with the substantial amount of work we already perform as a council to tackle domestic abuse. By signing up for the White Ribbon campaign, we're committing to changing the culture of our employees and communities. It means raising awareness of the white ribbon and what it stands for amongst boys and men, as well as ensuring that women are aware of the resources available to them and where they can go for help. It is an honour to serve as the White Ribbon ambassador for the council and to help us advance in this vital work.
Domestic abuse is often hidden and should not be ignored, there are support services in Hertfordshire that can provide you useful information whether you are a 'victim', friend, or family member who is seeking more information or help.