White Ribbon Campaign

Monday November 26th 2018

White Ribbon campaign Midlothian

Neil Whettam, Learning and Development Coordinator with the East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office.

Police attended around 1000 reported incidents of domestic abuse in Midlothian last year. The vast majority of reported incidents are perpetrated by men against women.

As part of a local response to mark 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence, which begins on 25 November, the East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Committee is supporting the White Ribbon Scotland campaign. This involves men in tackling violence against women.

A White Ribbon event, Engaging Men to Stand up to Violence Against Women and Girls, is being held on 28 November from 5.30-8.30 pm in the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh. Midlothian and East Lothian councils will be encouraging council staff members and members of the public to sign the White Ribbon pledge throughout the 16 days of action.

Most men in Scotland are not violent towards women, but many of ignore the problem, or see it as something that has nothing to do with them.

The councils are inviting everyone locally to take a simple first step to make a pledge:

“I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women.”

The pledge can be taken at whiteribbonscotland.org.uk/makepledge

Neil Whettam, Learning and Development Coordinator with the East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office said “We are working with local men to stand up to violence against women and to become a local champion. Although there is no obligation, you will be given the opportunity to receive support and training to become a local speaker. Although the session is aimed at men, we will, of course, welcome any women who are interested.”

To register for a place at the event or for more information email emppo@eastlothian.gov.uk

The 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence runs from 25 November – 10 December.

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