Wednesday 25th November marks annual White Ribbon Day, and the ‘16 Days of Action’ to end male violence against women, part of the global white ribbon movement.
Although both men and women can suffer from domestic violence, White Ribbon UK aims to end male violence against Women through engaging with men and boys to fulfil the ‘White Ribbon Promise’ to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.
White Ribbon Day is particularly important this year due to the sharp increase in recorded violence, harassment and abuse towards women during the Coronavirus pandemic and two national lockdowns. Even prior to the pandemic, the number of women killed by a current of former partner reached a 14 year high according to the Office of National Statistics, and amidst the first lockdown the National Domestic Abuse Helpline saw an increase of 77% in calls.
Medway Labour Councillors Clive Johnson and Vince Maple are ambassadors for White Ribbon UK.