Today (6 December) is the annual White Ribbon Day of Memory and marks the anniversary of the murder of 14 women at a university in Montreal, Canada. This led to the start of the White Ribbon Movement.
The annual day of memory us a time for us all to remember those who have been affected by men’s violence and why it is important that we all work to #ChangeTheStory for all women.
White Ribbon Day is organised by White Ribbon, the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.
The White Ribbon movement began in Canada in 1991 following a massacre of female students at a university in Montreal. A small group of men got together and looked for a way for men to oppose violence against women. They decided to encourage men to actively show their opposition by wearing a white ribbon. Since then, the White Ribbon movement has developed internationally and is active in over 60 countries.
The charity’s mission is to prevent violence by addressing its root cause. White Ribbon UK’s work is preventive and aims to change the long established, and harmful, attitudes, systems and behaviours around masculinity that perpetuate gender inequality and men’s violence against women.
This year, White Ribbon UK is encouraging individuals and organisations to make consistent choices and actions to #ChangeTheStory for women and girls, so that they may live their lives free from the fear of violence.
Since the 25 November, Knowsley Council has been proudly supporting White Ribbon Day’s 2023 campaign. This includes sharing a range of information, initiatives and case studies on its websites and social media to raise awareness of domestic abuse and the support available, as part of the 16 Days of Action.
As part of its support for White Ribbon Day, Knowsley Council has committed to the following:
- Raising awareness of White Ribbon – including lighting Greystone Bridge
- Taking part in the 16 Days of Action
- Continuing to provide Domestic Abuse training for employees and partner organisations
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “We are fully committed to supporting the White Ribbon campaign and 16 Days of Activism. Violence against women and girls will not be accepted in Knowsley and we are united with our partners in working to make a difference.”
Where can I turn for help?
If you, your child, or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently, call 999. If you are not at immediate risk but are concerned, please contact one of the services listed below:
Knowsley Council Safer Communities Service (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
Tel: 0151 443 2610
Knowsley Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
Tel: 0151 443 2600
The First Step (Specialist Domestic Abuse Service)
Tel: 0151 548 3333
Helpline 0800 107 0726
Support is also available through:
- National Domestic violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
- Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327
- LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 999 5428
- Women’s Aid – Live chat to Women’s Aid